The Atlanta Falcons made plenty of waves when they traded up in the 2011 NFL Draft to select Julio Jones with the sixth overall pick. Two seasons later and the Falcons receivers are believed to be the best in all of the league.
If I was starting a team and I could have any group of wideouts in the NFL I wouldn’t take the Falcons–instead I would select the Green Bay Packers talented targets.
Although Jones and Roddy White both went over the 1,000 yard mark and no one on the Packers did last season I still think more potential lies in Green Bay. To have the accolade of being the best group in the NFL you must have versatility and depth, two things that the Packers have as four of their wide receivers caught for 667 yards or more. The Falcons were mediocre in terms of depth as Harry Douglas was the team’s third highest receiver with just 396 receiving yards-the Packers’ Greg Jennings had 366 yards and four touchdowns in just eight games last year.
With Randall Cobb emerging as Aaron Rodgers‘ go-to guy the team has to be excited about the 22-year-old standout who caught eight touchdowns and received for 954 yards.
White has never missed a game in eight professional seasons and that is an incredible accomplishment considering he led the league in receptions with 115 in 2010. However, at 32-years-old you have to start wondering how much White has left in the tank and who (aside from Jones) will be able to pick up the slack moving forward.
I think the Falcons have a bright future with Jones, however they can’t be proclaimed the leagues best wide receivers without a little bit more depth.