Julio Jones made a lot of folks question whether A.J. Green should be the first wide receiver off the board in April’s draft with a dominant Scouting Combine. Jones ran faster, jumped further, and leaped higher than Green in Indianapolis, doing it all on a fractured foot.
ESPN director of college scouting Todd McShay is sticking with his film evaluation of the two wideouts, however, and not letting measurables affect his own draft rankings.
“I don’t think Jones has closed the gap (on Green),” McShay said in a Wednesday morning conference call. “Green provides more explosiveness and big-play ability. … He’s just a better overall athlete.”
Asked specifically whether Jones is better than Green, McShay replied “I don’t think that’s the case at all.”
It’s been suggested that Jones could be a better fit for a run-heavy or West Coast offense because he’s more of a chain-mover than Green, and a better blocker.
“If you draft a wide receiver because he’s a better blocker, I think you’re missing the point,” said McShay.
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock agreed with McShay’s assessment on PFT Live Wednesday afternoon, while acknowledging both receivers are top-ten talents.
“I’m not being swayed by Julio running 4.39 at the Combine,” Mayock told Mike Florio. “Green sticks his foot in the ground like a 5-foot-10 wide receiver.”