The prize WR in this year’s NFL Draft is A.J. Green who many are comparing to Randy Moss and while the Kansas City Chiefs would likely love to have a receiver with Green’s ability, he will be long gone by the time KC picks.
Probably the second best receiver in this year’s draft is Alabama standout Julio Jones.
Jones is 6-4, 211 and could prove to be a very nice compliment to WR Dwayne Bowe.
Let’s take a look at what Larry McDaniel over at With The First Pick has to say about Jones in his scouting report:
"Separation Skills/Route Running: In a very large 6’4 211 lbs. frame, Jones shows above average speed for a WR of his size. Showed enough in fact to return kicks and take two end-arounds for touchdowns, including a 39 yard touchdown in his recent bowl game. Comes from a pro-style offense and can run every route in the tree. Will need time to perfect those routes, but that should not be a problem considering his work ethic. Performs well on the outside as well as in the slot."
I think this would work very well for the Chiefs. As Larry says, Jones exhibits a nice mix of speed and strength. He is a good route runner and comes out of a pro-style offense which would make him more NFL ready then perhaps, a receiver coming out of a spread offense. He is also versatile, which we know Scott Pioli loves.
"Big play ability: Jones gaudy measurables make him a threat to make big plays anywhere on the field. During his career at Alabama, he proved this much. I don’t expect him to have the big play ability of a Mike Wallace or Desean Jackson in the NFL, but to be able to be more like a Larry Fitzgerald, using his size and hands to make his presence on the field felt. His big plays might come more from yac and running through defenders as oppose to running by them."
Larry Fitzgerald comparison there. Think Haley will be interested?
"Intangibles: No big characters issues surrounding Jones. Had a broken wrist during the 2009 season, but was able to work his way back and have an excellent 2010 campaign. Very Vocal on the field, and like any receiver, is always wanting the ball thrown his direction."
INTANGIBLES! Someone call Mike Vrabel!
"Overall Stock: One of the most anticipated receivers to ever come out of high school. Will most likely be gone in the early 1st round, and is expected to make an immediate impact."
The big question with Jones is whether or not he will still be on the board when the Chiefs pick at 21. Most mock drafts I have seen have him going before that but you never know how the chips will fall on draft day.
In Larry’s latest mock draft he has Jones going 14th overall to the St. Louis Rams. Is it possible, if Jones got passed St. Louis, that he could slide a few more spots to 21?
What do you think Addicts? Would you like to see Julio Jones as a Chief? How would you feel about the pick?