Julio Jones scouting report

Julio Jones WR Alabama

Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 220

Elite size. Tremendous athlete with impressive leaping ability. Knows how to use his body to shield defenders and position himself to make plays. Solid route runner. A tough kid who played through a number of injuries. Does a nice job running with the football; tough to bring down for a receiver. Above average blocker; puts in the effort and has the size to become great with better fundamentals.
Always seems to be nursing an injury, most recently a broken hand in 2010. Hands are inconsistent; makes some tough catches but will drop some easy ones. Doesn’t really have the speed to stretch the field. Inconsistent; taken out of a number of games by top collegiate cornerbacks such as Joe Haden and Aaron Williams.
Jones burst onto the scene with an impressive freshman year at Alabama but he never really built upon that early success. The biggest concern I have is his ability to stay healthy. He didn’t let nagging injuries take him off the field often, which is a plus, but can he still play through injuries during a 16-game (or longer) NFL season? Additionally, there are also concerns about his speed. He lacks the ability to stretch the field and is probably limited to being a possession receiver. He displays the talent of a 1st-round pick, but his best case scenario is probably to become the next Keyshawn Johnson – a very reliable possession receiver, but not a perenial Pro Bowler.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 1 Comment

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