There seems to be a big drop off at the wide receiver position after AJ Green and Julio Jones in this years draft. In fact, they may be the only two to go in the first round.
This is a bit of a surprise, considering the proliferation of spread offenses in college football. They're throwing the ball all over the place and you'd think they would produce more first round WR's. Bill Parcells, in his draft show last night when discussing running backs, said college's are not producing as many running backs as they use to because of the spread. Then where are all the WR's?
Many believe AJ Green is the best player in this draft. However, Julio Jones seems to be climbing the draft boards, a few even have him rated ahead of Green. I'm not buying it, not for a second.
Our own ScottDCP cites Jones' average hands. The fact is, Jones drops 7.4% of passes thrown to him. That's way too many. He has tremendous athletic abilility and can be a game breaker. Maybe we'll give him a mulligan since he started last season with a broken hand, and perhaps it contributed to the high number of drops.
The hands may not be the problem at all, it might be the eyes. I always believed that eyes were more important when catching the ball. For me, it was always about training my eyes to, located the ball, anticipate the speed, then look it in. Julio, I'm sure, can learn drills to increase his concentration and reduce the number of drops. But to think he's close to Green, a guy who has vacuum cleaners for hands, I don't see it.