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McShay says A.J. Green is better than Julio Jones

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.”

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19 Responses to “McShay says A.J. Green is better than Julio Jones”
  1. savocabol1 says: Mar 23, 2011 1:04 PM

    Can you remind me why we care what McShay has to say? Besides the obvious top guys, he is wrong about his assessments year in and year out.

  2. ttommytom says: Mar 23, 2011 1:09 PM

    Somebody please explain Todd McShay’s qualifications to me. Did he play? Coach? Scout?
    I don’t understand.

    At least Kiper had the enthusiasm for this way back before most people and puts his heart and soul into it for better or worse. Someone just stuck McShay in front of a camera and said ‘Now talk’.

  3. shackdelrio says: Mar 23, 2011 1:16 PM

    It’s like the 2004 draft. AJ Green is Larry Fitzgerald and Julio Jones is Roy Williams.

  4. cmich2006 says: Mar 23, 2011 1:23 PM

    This makes it official, Jones is better

  5. hobartbaker says: Mar 23, 2011 1:40 PM

    Todd’s surname is actually McCey. But since he is usually drunk in front of the camera when he makes his predictions it comes out “McShay”.

  6. bengalsown says: Mar 23, 2011 1:44 PM

    “If you draft a wide receiver because he’s a better blocker, I think you’re missing the point,” said McShay.

    But Hines Ward is the most amazing WR to ever play the game and is worth 10 first round draft picks!!!!!1111

    -toothless steelers fan

  7. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Mar 23, 2011 1:58 PM

    and I say Mayock is better than McShay

  8. jimr10 says: Mar 23, 2011 2:15 PM

    Todd who?

  9. phintasm says: Mar 23, 2011 2:23 PM

    McShay also adds that either have ‘a chance to be a bust’

  10. dolphinphan says: Mar 23, 2011 2:27 PM

    “If you draft a wide receiver because he’s a better blocker, I think you’re missing the point,” said McShay.

    what a moron. so you’d rather have randy moss last year than hines ward?

    blocking is a fundamental part of the game. you want a guy who can clearly block as well as catch the football. yes, its true you want to draft a guy for his pass catching ability. but to ignore blocking, well lets just call it mcshay.

  11. qj1984 says: Mar 23, 2011 2:29 PM

    Evan if you want to lose credibility continue to quote the least credible source in sports.

    McShay’s opinion is as original as a politicians. He’s ESPN’s puppet and his “knowledge” and “thoughts” come directly from cue cards.

  12. schmitty2 says: Mar 23, 2011 3:38 PM

    Mark this day on your calender..The one time Mayock will “agree” with Mcshay. I’m thinking the end of the world is coming soon

  13. dexterismyhero says: Mar 23, 2011 3:41 PM

    Bert & Ernie can pickem better than McGay.

  14. wryly1 says: Mar 23, 2011 3:45 PM

    The conventional wisdom seems to be that Green has better hands than Jones, but from the games I saw (not just highlight plays), I saw Jones making a lot more catches in traffic – which is where most balls in the NFL have to be caught. They should both be good, but I think Jones deserves to be a top 10 pick.

  15. stinkfingers says: Mar 23, 2011 4:46 PM

    McShay says alot of things. And he’s right NEARLY half the time.

  16. p4ck3r5 says: Mar 23, 2011 4:50 PM

    Drop to the packers, anyone that can catch

  17. waxthat says: Mar 23, 2011 5:11 PM

    McShady is a goober.

  18. midnite2020 says: Mar 23, 2011 6:03 PM

    im julio jones im performing with a fractured foot yet i still run faster,jump higher,and pretty much outperform aj green in every possible way yet im not better? bunch of idiots

  19. sabeybaby says: Mar 23, 2011 6:42 PM

    Toad McTurd has a conference call? Why? Even his Mother thinks he’s a dunce.

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