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2011 NFL Draft Profiles: Alabama Wide Receiver Julio Jones

The Redskins have holes all over the field. They need a lot of help on the offensive side in particular in nearly all of the skill positions. That includes wide receiver, where the team needs a tall, athletic threat to complement the short speedsters Santana Moss and Anthony Armstrong. Julio Jones, the big receiver out of Alabama, could be available when they make their selection in the first round.

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In any other year, Julio Jones would be the No. 1 receiver on our draft board. In 2011 he has to compete with A.J. Green in a fight he will not win. Jones should be lauded for his exceptional play at Alabama, and for his many talents as a receiver.

A fighter, Jones has played through injuries and will run routes across the middle with no fear. A dominating deep threat and downfield blocker, Jones will bring immediate value to any NFL team.

They note that he should be picked somewhere in the early-middle-first round. But how would Jones fit in with the Redskins?

He could be that tall wide receiver that the Redskins have been lacking for years, and also has enough speed to become another legitimate downfield threat. It remains to be seen who will be getting him the ball, but he has the talent to be an excellent receiver in the NFL, and a perfect fit for the Redskins.

There are two questions, the first of which can't be answered until the Redskins are on the clock in April. Will Jones be available by the time the Redskins turn comes up in the first round?

The second, is whether or not the Redskins can afford to take a wide receiver so highly in the draft. A receiver represents somewhat of a luxury pick, and the Redskins may need to take someone who can make a more consistent impact (offensive/defensive line for example). But if the Redskins decide he was the best value of any player available to them, he could prove to be an excellent receiver in Washington for years to come.