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Potential Texan: 2011 NFL Draft Player Preview – Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

There has been a lot of talk lately about a best player available situation for the Texans in this year’s draft. Everyone is in agreement that the defense should be the target on a good chunk of this year's picks. But if an elite talent offensive player falls down the board and is available at #11, should Houston pass on him to draft for need?

This brings us to today’s potential Texan preview--stud WR prospect Julio Jones out of Alabama.

When Kevin Walter re-upped with the Texans last offseason, most were happy with the decision. Walter does a lot of the intangible things on the field that a player like Jacoby Jones doesn't. This in turn solidified Kevin as the team's WR2 behind All-Pro Andre Johnson.  After a few disappearing acts last season where Walter went long stretches and games without even a single catch, it again raised the concern of whether this team needed to upgrade at receiver next to Andre.

Jacoby Jones was given every opportunity to succeed last year and he actually regressed unexpectedly. Many thought his tenure with the team was over, and it still might be, but Houston did place a 2nd round tender on him a week ago, and I don’t imagine anyone giving that up for Jakespeare.

Say on draft day that a player like Julio Jones is on the board when Houston goes on the clock. Can they really afford to pass up a talent like him to draft for need? It’s really anyone’s guess, but if it happens, let's take a look at Quintorris Lopez Jones now.

Better known as Julio, he is another SEC guy from Alabama, a school we know by now the current regime loves. He weighs in at 220 pounds and stands a nice 6’3". He’s lightning quick, running a 4.34 in the 40 at this year's Combine. He has hops, with a 38.5" vertical, so he would be able to go up and get a ball if we have an odd situation where our quarterback under throws a deep pass (that’s sarcasm, by the way).

In his 2010 season with the Crimson Tide, Jones set single-season school records in both receptions (78) and yards (1,133). He also found the end zone seven times.

Behind only Georgia star A.J. Green, Jones is considered by many to be the best WR in this year’s draft. Scouts are raving about his ability to make defenders miss and what he can do for yards after a catch. They have, however, listed his propensity for drops as a red flag.

Now comes the question of how he would fit in Houston. The simple answer is ridiculously well. There wasn’t much to gripe about with the offense last year, and adding a player of Julio Jones’ caliber in the WR2 spot next to AJ can turn a really good offense into an elite one. Check out Jones’ highlights below and drool.


Let’s check that pulse:  How would you guys like to see him playing pitch and catch with Matt Schaub this season?