By Nicholas Minnix on April 28, 2011
Fantasy analysis: Jones was considered a tier below A.J. Green on the NFL Draft talent board, but he's a formidable receiver, undoubtedly. The Falcons obviously thought of him as a suitable consolation prize after their efforts to swap into the No. 4 position to select Green failed. Although Green is the more NFL-ready player, Jones walks into a much better situation, which makes his prospects of contributing in a fantasy capacity just as promising.
Matt Ryan has become one of the NFC's better passers. Roddy White commands double teams on nearly every play - and still puts up eye-popping numbers. And Tony Gonzalez, although his peak years are in distantly in the rearview, is still a force and will make defenses pay if they don't respect him. A staunch running game and a pretty underrated offensive line (prior to 2010) make this a perfect situation in which to adapt to life in the NFL as a wideout - and to become the player Michael Jenkins is not.
This team's veteran presences, the work ethic that prevails, will provide a player who has had problems remaining focused with proper guidance. The system is demanding but also friendly enough to young players that, if they work hard, they will contribute. Jones will need time to incubate, in all likelihood, but he could be a contributor, although not necessarily a big one, by midseason. Jones could be a good value pick, but it'll depend on how much fantasy hype follows him. He's in great position to be a long-term monster.