Based on numbers alone, there is no reason to place Julio Jones ahead of A.J. Green on any big board. In order to do so, you have to evaluate each player individually and not solely on statistics.
A.J. Green averaged more yards per game and had more touchdowns despite serving a four-game suspension.
That clearly makes him the better receiver, right? Wrong.
A.J. Green played on a pass-first team as they ranked 73rd in the NCAA in rushing and did not have a single running back top the 1,000 yard mark. Julio Jones, on the other hand, played in a run-first system in Alabama that featured two elite running backs. While Alabama did not have a 1,000-yard back either, they had two runners eclipse the 700-yard mark and they ranked 29th overall in rushing yards.
Also consider the fact that Alabama won eight of their games this past season by more than 20 points, meaning they were not throwing much late in games, at a time when most receivers pick up extra catches to pad their stats. Georgia, on the other hand, lost seven games and only won four games by greater than 20 points
At the combine, Julio Jones completely blew A.J. Green out of the water. Jones defeated Green in the 40-time by nearly a full 10th of a second. Jones also jumped four inches higher on the vertical and nearly a foot longer on the broad jump.
While combine performances don't make stars, Julio Jones' toughness and athletic ability certainly help his argument in becoming the top receiver in the 2011 NFL Draft, as teams like the Bengals have taken notice.
When it all comes down to it on draft day, Julio Jones will be 1A, and A.J. Green will be 1B.