This Julio Jones kid has some style (Nice bow tie!)

Julio Jones styling and profiling with that sporty bow tie in New York last night. (Stephen Chernin, Associated Press)

Julio Jones styling and profiling with that sporty bow tie in New York last night. (Stephen Chernin, Associated Press)

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.”

121 comments Add your comment

chem

April 29th, 2011
12:43 pm

I prefer the solid color bow tie.

Jesse

April 29th, 2011
12:46 pm

I think he should wear it during his first game… make it part of his uniform.

Robert 08

April 29th, 2011
1:02 pm

I didn’t know much about Julio Jones before last night, but I’m loving everything I’m reading … helping the tornado victims, keeping safeties from rolling over to help cover Roddy and loving to block. He seems like a class act and I’m glad he’s a Falcon.

GT Alum

April 29th, 2011
1:03 pm

Sounds like a very mature young man. You have to especially love his comment about blocking for the running game, but, really, everything he said was what you hope to hear.

Mando

April 29th, 2011
1:05 pm

Sober girls around me they be actin like they drunk!

IceFan

April 29th, 2011
1:06 pm

DLed,
I’m beginning to love this pick/trade after learning more about Julio. I knew he was a great player but the more I hear about his character, work ethic and competitiveness the more I begin to drool waiting for games to start.

Questions for Julio at 5pm today:
1. How will you approach seeking out your place on this team and earning the respect of your teammates considering the importance being placed on you and what it took to get you?

2. What is your favorite thing about playing Wide Receiver?

Wendell

April 29th, 2011
1:11 pm

This morning in 680, Jones was quoting as saying: “I don’t like blocking . . . I LOVE blocking,”

Sounds like he has a good attitude so far…

Scott

April 29th, 2011
1:15 pm

Everything he said is exactly what you would expect to hear from a Saban/Alabama player. No “I’m an ENTERTAINER, I’m an ICON” crap from them! Roll Tide and Go Falcons! Falcons won’t be in the mid 20s in play production next year. Three big recievers!! Jenkins in the slot? Scary for those tiny DBs

Shane Falco

April 29th, 2011
1:20 pm

so what picks do the Falcons have left? 1 3rd round, 1 5th, 1 6th, and 3 7th? Is this correct?

Chuck Sheen

April 29th, 2011
1:21 pm

This kid is a beast and exactly what we need. Mid year people will be praising this move…

PMC

April 29th, 2011
1:21 pm

Smart kid. Save your money, make the advertisers pay your way.

Well done Julio.

JC Baggett

April 29th, 2011
1:22 pm

Somewhere there is a high school student getting charged a fee by a tux rental place because he neglected to return the bow tie…or, “Pee Wee Herman caled; he wants his tie back.”

Not a fan of the bow tie but very happy with the pick. Now, I’d like to see a change-of-pace running back selected in the later rounds to give The Burner and Jason Snelling some relief as well as replace oft-injured former Mizzippi State Bulldog Jerious Norwood. A late round “project” DE would not be bad either.

Now, who gets cut because of the numbers: Michael Jenkins, Harry Douglass or Brian Finneran? Discuss and post.

PMC

April 29th, 2011
1:24 pm

Finn is gone JC.

ugaclassof2004

April 29th, 2011
1:38 pm

Nice pick by the Birds, but that suit is atrocious! The color scheme, patterns, and freakin Bow Tie! YE-GODS!!

chaz

April 29th, 2011
1:39 pm

yeah finn is already gone. I could be wrong, but i’m more of the mind that HD is the odd man out. Jenks is a great blocker, big body and can contribute across the middle, if he’ll just do it. this is gonna be a fun year to watch some offense once everyone gets on the same page

Real Problem

April 29th, 2011
1:42 pm

Kid is a team player and a class act. He is going to be NFL day one ready when he hits the field. Excellent job Falcons!!

Vulture

April 29th, 2011
1:43 pm

Hey where did the whiners go? A speed back would be nice!

rduck

April 29th, 2011
1:45 pm

The frst I heard this might happen, I was pretty dead set against it. Way too much to give up to move up to get he or AJ. But noe I am starting to warm up to this pick and the move TD made to make it happen. I am sure they will address the D once free agency starts up. Julio seems to be a great player and an even better young man. I also love his quote about blocking. Too many WR’s have the idea that they are route runners and pass catchers only. You watch alot of the receivers on run plays and they just go through the motions. Loving this kid more by the moment and can’t wait to see him tear the turf up in the dome…

rduck

April 29th, 2011
1:47 pm

I agree about trying to find a speedy RB later on also. Need to have a quick strike threat to compliment Turner and Snelling.

Jim

April 29th, 2011
1:55 pm

Wow…I hope Jones can stop Brees, Rodgers, etc…oh wait…he’s a wide receiver. Way to mortgage your future and not improve your defense. Has Matt Millen resurfaced in Atlanta?

Bride of Chucky Knapp

April 29th, 2011
2:01 pm

Welcome to the Falcons, Julio! Glad we could keep you in the South and you get to play for a good team.

JSS

April 29th, 2011
2:01 pm

That Armstrong Williams bow tie was weak! It is a weak look on you too! But they thankfully drafted him to play him football, not for ability to look like a 60 year old apostolic preacher with no color coordination! There’s some men up in Brooklyn and Chicago that can teach both of you how to properly style that 1958 look…

CJ

April 29th, 2011
2:03 pm

Who are we to question Thomas Dimitroff? He got us to where we are now, which is the best our team has EVER been.

itpdude

April 29th, 2011
2:04 pm

This is a good pick. A bit pricey, but a good pick. Now the Birds need to get some D.

Matt

April 29th, 2011
2:17 pm

Great interview!

chickenman

April 29th, 2011
2:26 pm

POP YOUR COLLAR we have a legit DirTY BirD for matty ice to play with

Vulture

April 29th, 2011
2:32 pm

The cost shocked me at first but, now I am excited at that value we got. Having 2 top, physical
wide receivers is going open up the whole offense, help keep the defense off the field and get rid of the lulls in scoring. We have to match up with the best offenses and not just try to stop them on defense.

David Granger

April 29th, 2011
2:33 pm

I think Julio Jones is going to be an outstanding player. I’m not sure the trade was a good one in terms of what we gave up to get him…but the only way Julio will NOT help a team is if he turns out to be a Terrell Owens/Randy Moss-type head case, and I don’t see that happening. Falcons should sure be able to put up the points this year….hope we can stop somebody.

Robby

April 29th, 2011
2:42 pm

yes sir we gon be unstoppable damn finally some body who gon help take dat pressure off roddy good move atl fa dat man julio jones we needed that and we did it man jim shut up what you think we did with the rest of our picks u need to learn some football its a win win with julio so just delete yo self off of this website

nick skorich

April 29th, 2011
3:02 pm

Now all he needs is a Nick Skorich hat, D-led.

Jim

April 29th, 2011
3:06 pm

Yo Robby…sho nuff…like all dems good WRs Millen took with the Lions (Charles Rogers, Mike Williams, Roy Williams). Y’all ain’t one playa away…your a whole defense away. Rest of what picks? You mean Cleveland’s picks? You were already unstoppable on offense…you win with defense knucklehead. You need to learn English AS well as Football

William

April 29th, 2011
3:06 pm

I love it. Julio Jones is a destroyer… because he works for it, and he goes and FIGHTS for the ball. Very similar to Roddy (best player on the team,) but even faster. The draft is a crapshoot. We just got ourselves one of the only guaranteed studs in the whole thing. It was so worth it. Welcome to Atlanta, Julio, can’t wait to see you in that uniform!!!

Hey Marcel

April 29th, 2011
3:07 pm

JSS

April 29th, 2011
2:01 pm
That Armstrong Williams bow tie was weak! It is a weak look on you too! But they thankfully drafted him to play him football, not for ability to look like a 60 year old apostolic preacher with no color coordination! There’s some men up in Brooklyn and Chicago that can teach both of you how to properly style that 1958 look…
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Is this your coming out party?

Gwinnett Fred

April 29th, 2011
3:13 pm

Finneran was cut months ago. Dougles adds too much speed and doesn’t make enough to dump.

I’d think because of his salary, Jenkins is gone. They will now have to build their defense thru free agency for any immediate impact, and they can’t afford his $2 million + salary as a 3rd WR.

Gwinnett Fred

April 29th, 2011
3:15 pm

JSS – your boss is calling you – cleanup on aisle 8!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 29th, 2011
3:26 pm

Julio has arrived at the Branch. We have a 5 p.m presser with him.

Mike Jay

April 29th, 2011
3:30 pm

Love this move! Our defense is not nearly as bad as most everyone seems to think. Go look at their stats, they were #5 in scoring (18 pts a game), 4 in takeawyas. They just gave up a lot of yards and were 20th in sacks. Plus do not forget that they were extremelly young. A ton of starters and key contributers are not even in their third year. This coaching staff is excellent so Ithink it is safe to assume those youngs will get better. If you make zero changes on defense we can all agree it should be better just due to the above. Of course that won’t happen because the Falcons just proved they are all in. This team does need to get younger on defense they need some savvy vets to shore up the weak spot and help mentor. They WILL get the best pass rushing DE FA. No doubt in my mind, Atlanta is considered one of the best places to play in the league and they will pay what it takes. They just to resign their OL (at elast two of them) get some help at OLB and some help in nickle slot already!

BigTimeTECHFan

April 29th, 2011
3:40 pm

Julio Jones = great pick.
Why draft defense, issue now is there defense is to young as it is with W Moore, Perry, Spoon, Peters, even Lofton young for Defensive leader at MLB. Did you want falcons to add more youth, most of the play remaining after 25th pick are same level as the guys we have now.

Also all they have to do is sign one big time FA next year that will make up for the 1st round pick, and a couple extra mid level FA to make up for 4th round picks, make there moves right and they pretty much just swapped picks with Cleveland.

McNasty

April 29th, 2011
3:43 pm

You heard it here first. Julio will be rookie of the year! (Baring injury)

clay

April 29th, 2011
3:43 pm

Anyone that knows this franchise should love this move because even though we gave up a lot to get him, you know that TD has something up his sleeve for when free agency starts. IN TD WE TRUST

TroupDawg

April 29th, 2011
3:49 pm

The CB free agent from the Raiders, is he still a FA? Do you think the birds may be in the hunt for this guy? Sure would be nice to see him in red but I wonder about the cost and the cap limit.

Ed

April 29th, 2011
3:54 pm

Julio Jones will have an immediate impact on the explosiveness of the Falcons offense and I can’t wait to for all of this lockout crap to be over with so I can see this guy in a Falcons uniform. I like the fact that he is tall and physical and can roll coverage away from Roddy White.

Smitty

April 29th, 2011
4:02 pm

Love the pick. Probably gave up alot to get him, but get in the Title game or Super Bowl and next year’s 1st rounder is in 28-32 range. Personally I think Blank told Dimitroff that he will open the check book this FA signing period when it starts. Add Asomgua (sp?) or Cromartie at CB and Edwards at DE from Minnesota and you have a beast of a team. Can afford 2 FA since Abraham is on the last year of his contract. Use the remaining picks this year to shore up depth at LB, OL and DL.
Also, I don’t see them getting rid of any WR that they have since Finn is gone – White, Jones, Jenkins, Douglas, Meier, Weems. Falcons can carry 6 WR next season.

However, if Matt Ryan’s arm explodes or Turner blows out a knee next season and the Falcons drop in the standings, that 1st rounder next year is gonna hurt to give up.

UGA75

April 29th, 2011
4:04 pm

Julio is a great addition to the Dirty Birds, for every ball he dropped he caught 2 impossible balls. He is a great wide out, but more important to the Falcon’s he is a quality human being. He is a winner joining a team of winners, it is a good day to be a Bird fan.

BigTimeTECHFan

April 29th, 2011
4:09 pm

Some FA they could pick up to make up for 4th round picks:
Quintin Mikell S Phil
Mathias Kiwanuka DE NY-G
Brodney Pool S NY-J
Ike Taylor CB Pitt
Barrett Ruud LB TB
Champ Baily CB Den

as examples

tim

April 29th, 2011
4:18 pm

He was purprised that he was picked by the Falcons cuz they didn’t talk much and had little contact….. Was due diligence done by the Falcons???

GO PACK GO!

April 29th, 2011
4:51 pm

see a lot of excuses why you didn’t win last year…

“roddy needs help.”
“we were playing with a scrub back against GB.”
“we turned the ball over too much.”
“abraham needs help on the line.”

when are the falcons going to produce? GB did it with 15 guys on the IR. jordy nelson torched you and he was our 3rd reciever. falcon’s should have got mean on defense not on stylish bow-ties.

ryan kinsley

April 29th, 2011
4:53 pm

My father always told me to never trust a man in a bowtie.

South ga boy in the atl

April 29th, 2011
4:56 pm

TD is a genius (no sarcasm). He spent 3 drafts building the foundation and it was time for impact players. If u want elite quality then u have to pay for it. I fully expect TD to go after a pass rushing DE in FA and maybe a corner with our 3rd rd pick. We r now 2 players away from a super bowl win

JoeFann

April 29th, 2011
5:08 pm

My first response on hearing the trade and pick was (wait for it) is this Dallas trading with Minnesota over Herschel Walker for way too much? Don’t get me wrong, I love that we got Julio Jones and think he’s a great fit, but teams are built through the draft and shrewd free agency. No doubt, another WR was a serious need (maybe the highest need,) but so was DE. I’d like to pick TD’s brain on the reasoning now, but I realize we’ll have to wait until the draft is complete to get the thinking. My guess is this: (1) we’re already a serious Super Bowl contender, and this might put the offense over the hump immediately. (2) If we make a deep playoff run, we’ll be picking near #30 anyway, which is almost like a high second round pick (again,) so giving up “three” second round picks plus two later picks for a top six pick might make sense. (3) I expect that TD has identified that his definition of “value” or “quality” by position need was not going to be available in the rounds and picks he gave up, because of what he kept. (4) Maybe TD was not impressed enough with the DEs, LBs or CBs outside the top 10, or doubted that any of them would be able to make as big an impact as Jones, or that teams picking ahead of the Falcons wanted too much in comparison to make a deal. Of course, I’m giving TD a ton of credit for knowing what he’s doing, but I think he’s earned our trust so far, Peria Jerry notwithstanding.

As for the roster, I agree that Finneran is the likely first casualty. I hate it, because he’s been very valuable through the years, but age and speed will probably offset heart, at least now. If Douglas can’t hold onto the ball, he could be gone, too. DLed–any word on Kerry Meier? Got hurt early last year, but everything I heard until then was very good. If he’s in the mix, it looks like great competition in camp! Keep up the great work!