Alabama fans love some Julio Jones. Not only a great player and key cog on Saban’s first championship team, Jones was the big fish on the recruiting trail that created a domino effect and started what would become an unprecedented run. The Atlanta Falcons faced some backlash when they gave up the farm to move up and grab him in the 2011 NFL Draft, but according to Pro Football Focus, they landed the #8 player of the decade in that deal.
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He’s the outlet’s highest ranked wide receiver, besting Antonio Brown (No. 13), Deandre Hopkins (No. 30). and Michael Thomas (unranked).
Even at eighth on PFF’s All-Decade Team, you can still make a solid argument that Julio Jones deserves to be higher on this list. Since entering the league in 2011, Jones has amassed 12,125 receiving yards, the fastest receiver to reach the 12,000 yard mark in NFL history.
2019 ended his six-season streak with at least 1,400-plus yards receiving, a number that he missed by a mere six yards in the final game of the year against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
As we’ve seen over the last couple of seasons, the gulf between Jones and Brown as human beings is much greater than that on the field. Jones is the rare quiet superstar at the position, going about his business every day in a workmanlike fashion and simply beating everyone. He will be an easy pick as a first ballot Hall of Famer whenever he decides to hang them up.
Hopefully that will be a while yet.