FLOWERY BRANCH – Julio Jones was the sharpest player at the NFL draft with that nice bow tie.
Shows that the newest Falcons has some class. (Of course I’m partial to the bow tie look).
Did a little investigative work and discovered that it’s a legit bow tie, too. Not one of those clip-ons you wore to your high school prom.
We’ll be chatting live with Jones today around 5 p.m.
But here are some excerpts from his chat with the media late last night:
ON BEING SELECTED BY THE FALCONS: “I’m really grateful for what they did, to trade up to get me. I really can’t explain it right now. It took me by surprise that they traded up to get me. I feel like they have a lot of trust in me and I am not going to disappoint.”
ON PLAYING WITH RODDY WHITE: “It’s great. I love it, going in and trying to take some of the pressure off of Roddy White. When I went through the interview with Atlanta, they showed me a couple of plays where the safety was rolling over and doubling Roddy White and I want to come in and take some pressure off of him and make those guys play one on one. I’m going to come in there and just try and work.”
ON THE TRADE: “I was very shocked, because I really didn’t have that much contact with them. We just talked briefly. We weren’t talking on the phone. I was very shocked and taken by surprise.”
ON HIS DROPPED PASSES: “I’m not ashamed. I play very hard. If I drop a ball, I drop a ball, but I had to teach myself to slow down. Play fast but don’t hurry. I used to take my eyes off the ball to try and make a play, but I taught myself that later on during the season. You can go back and look at film and you can tell. I would be so excited to make a big play for my teammates.”
ON PLAYING AT THE GEORGIA DOME: “I’m going to love it. I love the atmosphere there. The fans are great. Our fans were coming, but I know we had some Atlanta fans coming there as well. Just the atmosphere and playing under those lights, I love it.”
ON THE TORNADOS IN ALABAMA: “Nobody was injured. I prayed about it. I heard the news yesterday and I started praying about all the people in Tuscaloosa, hoping nobody was injured. Unfortunately, some people were hurt and killed. One of my teammates, Carson Tinker was involved with the tornado. It killed his girlfriend and broke his arm. I’m going to do whatever I can to give back to Tuscaloosa, because they have been there for me since I started at the University of Alabama. I want to give back for the fans.”
ON MATT RYAN: “I feel like this team is perfect for me, with Matt Ryan throwing the ball, everything. I’m so excited and I am grateful that the Atlanta Falcons have seen that I am a hard worker, that I can come in and contribute.”
ON HIS BLOCKING: “I take a lot of pride in that. A lot of pride, because I know that those running backs are blocking for me on pass plays. I just try to give that back to them, go out there and block and try to make a big play for the team. It’s not all about me, it’s about the team. I don’t want to take a play off.”
ON HOW HE PLANNED TO CELEBRATE: (Aside: I thought he should have went with the Far East Movement’s “Like a G6.”)
Poppin bottles in the ice, like a blizzard
When we drink we do it right gettin slizzard
Sippin sizzurp in my ride, like Three 6
Now I’m feelin so fly like a G6
Like a G6, Like a G6
Now I’m feelin so fly like a G6
But here’s what he said: “I have signed with Under Armor and they are throwing us a draft party tonight. At a lounge, that’s where we are going to celebrate tonight with my family and everybody that was part of the draft.”