Julio Jones Has Foot Surgery

By all accounts, former Alabama standout WR Julio Jones had one of the most impressive performances at this year’s NFL combine.  What is even more impressive is that he did it all with a stress fracture in his left foot.  He just underwent surgery to insert a pin into the foot and will probably require a 6 to 8 week recovery time.  So, what teams saw at the Combine is probably all they will see, but that was plenty.

Here are Jones’ stats for the Combine: 22-years old, just under 6 feet, 3 inches and 220 pounds. He was timed at 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash.  He registered a long jump of 11 feet, 3 inches; a 38 1/2-inch vertical jump; and 17 repetitions of the standard, 225-pound bench press.  He also showed excellent athleticism and receiving skills in position-specific drills, and many NFL scouts consider Jones to be the best-blocking receiver prospect in the draft pool.  And he did all this with a stress fracture in his foot.

In three college seasons, Jones totaled 179 receptions, 2,653 yards and 15 touchdowns. Last season he posted 78 catches for 1,133 yards and seven scores, all career highs.  Most consider him to be running neck and neck with Georgia’s AJ Green  for the top spot among wide receivers in the draft.

Jones will most likely not work out again for scouts before the April draft.  In 2009, Michael Crabtree was unable to work out for scouts because of foot surgery and ended up being taken 10th overall in the draft.  I don’t think Jones will experience the same outcome.

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