Why A.J. Green and Julio Jones Aren't the Best Receivers of Junior Class

Danny FlynnSenior Analyst IAugust 23, 2010

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1: Flanker A. J. Green #8 of the University of Georgia warms up for play against the Michigan State Spartans at the 2009 Capital One Bowl at the Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2009 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Sorry Folks, but I’m here to break it to you. The talk of Georgia’s A.J. Green and Alabama’s Julio Jones being ranked as the top two wide receivers in the junior class needs to stop.

Every preseason publication I flip through talks about these two SEC juniors as the the two elite players of the wide receiver group.

I’m sorry but I just don’t see it.

There are plenty of capable players that should be given consideration for the top ranking of the class, and to limit it to only a two-player battle seems a bit queer.

I’ll state it right now that I think Michael Floyd of Notre Dame is far and away the most talented junior receiver and the one with the highest NFL ceiling. But outside of Floyd, there are bunch of other junior receivers who deserve some recognition.

Ryan Broyles of Oklahoma, DeVier Posey of Ohio State, and Jonathan Baldwin of Pitt are the three names that come to mind first.

There are names like Arkansas’ Greg Childs and Texas A&M’s Jeff Fuller that will surprise a lot of people this season. There are also players like Kendall Wright of Baylor and Damarlo Belcher of Indiana who will climb the ladder in 2010.

This is a class that runs deep. This group has the potential to have at least seven early entrants in next year’s NFL Draft.

So to limit this class to just two players is silly, especially when the two kids haven’t exactly “dominated” and been the models of consistency during their first two seasons.

Julio Jones has been a sulker and uncooperative at times during his time in Tuscaloosa and his attitude looks like it has affected his play. Let’s let the kid stop living off the hype of his recruiting and let’s let him actually put together a quality full season of work.

Forty-three catches isn’t going to cut it this year, Julio. The excuses about well there’s nobody to throw me the ball are wearing thin.

Coincidentally, thin just happens to be something A.J. Green of Georgia knows all about. The scrawny 6‘4" receiver also entered the SEC with big recruiting buzz, but like Jones, Green has yet to put it all together.

There have been games where Green has been sensational, but there have also been contests where he was completely shut down. Highlight real catches are great, but they don’t win you ball games. Green has to make it a point this season to really bring the same kind of effort on a weekly basis.

Do these two have some serious potential? Definitely. But you've got to give the other players in this class their fair praise. This is far from a two horse race.