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2011 NFL Mock Draft, SBNBA Version: 10. Washington Redskins - Julio Jones, Alabama Crimson Tide

10. Washington Redskins - Julio Jones, Alabama Crimson Tide

Surprisingly, I struggled with this pick more than any thus far. When I sat back and took a real, long look at the Redskins and the players still on the board, I had at least four or five guys I thought could potentially go here. In the end, it came down to Washington's Jake Locker or Julio Jones, the receiver out of Alabama. As you can read above, I ended up going with Jones.

He just fits, perhaps better than any player in this draft, more so than even A.J. Green out of Georgia. Donovan McNabb is the guy in Washington right now, and an infusion of receiving talent could mean a renaissance for the oft-criticized signal caller. Jones fits into any offense in the league, but Mike Shanahan's West Coast-esque variant will work out especially well for him.

Great size, great speed, elite physicality against any corner in the league and high-level elusiveness highlight Jones' ability to be a game-changer sixteen times a season. McNabb can hit Jones at any level short, intermediate or deep and he'll have the ability to be there and make the catch, covered or uncovered. He's one of the top talents in the draft and potentially the top receiver, depending on what you're looking for.

Washington may need a quarterback, but with McNabb, they can get one of the good developmental guys in the later rounds and provide McNabb with a chance to play up to the level he's played at in the past by drafting Jones at 10. They need an awful lot more than Santana Moss out there catching passes.