Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones gets in some work during the first day of mini-camp on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Flowery Branch.
Photo: Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com
Photo: Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons’ Julio Jones lands top 10 on ESPN’s Top 100 NFL Players list

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was one of five Falcons to earn a spot on ESPN’s NFLRank 2017.

After being listed at No. 9 last season, Jones landed the No. 6 spot on the 2017 list.

Jones ranked behind Patriots' Tom Brady, Packers' Aaron Rodgers, Rams' Aaron Donald, Broncos' Von Millers and Steelers' Antonio Brown.

"Jones was voted the league’s best wide receiver by his peers in a poll conducted by the NFL Network," ESPN's Vaughn McClure wrote. "He’s virtually unstoppable with his blazing speed, freakish athleticism, strong hands and the ability to go up and get the ball in traffic. 

“He’ll be looking for his fourth consecutive season with at least 1,400 receiving yards. If Jones remains healthy for all 16 games, an NFL record of 2,000 yards is reachable."

Jones recorded 1,409 yards on 83 receptions and six touchdowns last season.

Along with Jones, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan landed at No. 23 on the list, center Alex Mack at No. 31, running back Devonta Freeman at No. 66 and cornerback Desmond Trufant at No. 89.

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