Julio Jones scouting report

Julio Jones WR Alabama

Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 220

Strengths:
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.
Weaknesses:
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.
Comments:
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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