With the NFL’s top 100 well under way, we here at Real Sport thought we would give you our own version; The RS 100. Every writer here had the chance to vote for the 100 best players from the 2015 season. This ranking was done regardless of position value or salary cap cost. It was simply based on who had the best 2015 season. As a result you won’t see quality players like Jordy Nelson anywhere on our ranking as he didn’t play a single snap in the 2015 season.
Voting panel: Toby Durant, Remy Cabache, Cameron Tennyson, Rebecca Rennie, Daniel Hernandez, David Pruett, Ryan Tolster
Julio Jones, Wide Receiver, Atlanta Falcons
(TD: #16, RC: #7, CT: #8, RR: #5, DH: #4, DP: #3, RT: #4)
Jones is the third receiver to be revealed in the top 20 of our, which is a testament to the quality of the receivers in the NFL, but Julio Jones still manages to stand out, which is an even bigger testament to his skill. Even though the Falcons had a middling season, Jones didn’t. An example of his value was clear for all when he made a huge play over fellow top 10 player Luke Keuchly in the Falcons shock win over the Carolina Panthers.
I could watch that catch all day.
What makes Julio Jones so special, to me at least, is that he is in a very small group of receivers with his type of skillset, in fact, I think only he and Dez Bryant are completely comparable. He is so big, so physical in the air, has great hands, great footwork and is immense after the catch thanks to his violent and physical running style. He can dominate any game and any cornerback in any way he wants.
By the end of the season, after all of the plays we’ve just seen and more, Jones had amassed 136 catches (tied second most in a single season) for 1871 yards (second most in a single season) and 8 touchdowns. Those are just monstrous numbers. Especially considering he was virtually the entire Falcons offense.
It is a joy to watch Jones, and the huge crop of receivers, dominate the NFL week in, week out and it is no surprise to see Jones this highly ranked.