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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
NFC South Top 25: No. 3

By Pat Yasinskas

We continue my NFC South Top 25 with No. 3:

Julio Jones, wide receiver, Falcons

What he did in 2012: Jones had 79 catches for 1,198 yards and 10 touchdowns as the Falcons advanced to the NFC Championship Game.

Why he’s No. 3 in 2013: Jones has been very good in his first two seasons, but I’m taking the word of a lot of scouts and coaches that he’s ready to take his game to the next level. There are some personnel gurus that believe Jones has a chance to challenge Detroit’s Calvin Johnson as the NFL’s best wide receiver. That would be a big leap, but I can see it happening. With the addition of Steven Jackson, the Falcons now have a running game. That means defenses will have their hands full with Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez. Jones has a rare combination of size and speed and defenses won’t be able to double team him all the time.

For previous entries in the NFC South Top 25, click here.