The former Alabama and Foley High School standout, Julio Jones was once again acknowledged by his peers in the 2019 edition of the Top 100 players. This was the third consecutive time that Jones was the highest-ranked NFL player whose career has started in the Yellowhammer state.
Ever since 2011, NFL Network has been polling the league’s players every year in order to create the top rankings. Even though Jones had 1,677 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in the past season, compared to the last year’s list, he has dropped five spots.
It was an excellent finish of the 2018/19 season for Jones. Although he did not record any touchdown receptions in the first half of the season, he got eight in the second part. This was more than all other players in the same span.
In 2013, Jones was number 26, while he jumped 13 spots in the year 2015. Afterward, he has not left the top 10. He came in eighth in the following year, third in 2017, and was number four last year.
The players who ranked higher than Jones on the 2019 list are:
- Aaron Rodgers, quarterback for Green Bay Packers
- Antonio Brown, wide receiver for Oakland Raiders
- Tom Brady, quarterback for New England Patriots
- Todd Gurley, running back for Los Angeles Rams
- Patrick Mahomes, quarterback for Kansas
- Khalil Mack, outside linebacker for Chicago Bears
- Drew Beers, quarterback for New Orleans Saints
- Aaron Donald, defensive tackle for Los Angeles Rams
Jones is one of the ten players with football roots from Alabama on this year’s list. Jones was followed by Philip Rivers from Los Angeles Chargers (17th on the list) and Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill (19th).
Other Top 100 Alabamians include Eddie Jackson (30th), Amari Cooper (64th), Dee Ford (67th), C.J. Mosley (71st), Mark Ingram (80th), Cam Newton (87th), and finally, Derrick Henry squeezing in at number 99.
As a reminder, Julio Jones was a 5-star recruit, born in Foley, whose Alabama career lasted from 2008 to 2010. He had ended second in school history when it came to receiving yards (2,653) and career receptions (179). Jones was also number four in touchdown receptions (15). He participated in the very first national championship of the Crimson Tide, back in 2009.