When it comes to the Redskins and the No. 10 pick, one of the most common names you’ll see in mock drafts is that of Alabama receiver Julio Jones. One man who hasn’t paid much attention to those projections, though, is Jones himself. The problem with mock drafts, he says, is it takes just one miss at the top to alter the way the rest of dominos fall.
He certainly doesn’t mind, though, being associated with the Redskins, a team in dire need of help at the receiver position. Jones came to Washington earlier this month for a visit, had dinner with coaches one night and reported to Redskins Park the next morning.
“The next day [we] went over a couple of plays,” he said Wednesday in New York. “Overall, the visit was great.”
If Jones finds himself in Washington next season, he’ll be playing in a much different offense than the one Nick Saban ran at Alabama, which had the benefit of Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram in the backfield. But Jones seems pretty comfortable with the prospects of playing in a West Coast system and says he peppered coaches with questions about how he would be used.
“I fit in everything,” he says. “It doesn’t matter what it is — West Coast, anything, pro style. I fit in everything.”
The bigger question facing Jones might be the adjustment period. Usually, a player would get drafted and then participate in a minicamp a week or so later. There, he would receive his playbook and begin to study his new offense. Jones will hear his name called Thursday night and immediately find himself involved in the ongoing lockout (or whatever they’re calling it today). That means Jones could miss weeks — possibly months — of valuable study time.
“They can’t give us any playbooks or nothing,” Jones said. “It’s going to be hard for the quarterbacks and receivers coming in to it. We have to know the offense. As far as receiver, if they want to move you around, you have to know every position out there. The quarterbacks, they got to know what everybody is doing. I think that’s one of the biggest things with the lockout.”