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Yet another NFL executive names Julio Jones as the best receiver in the NFL

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How great is Julio? Super great. The best. Just tremendous.

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Former Washington general manager Scot Mccloughan quietly built a solid squad in the nation’s capital before the dysfunctional ownership and executive structure with the team predictably drove him out for reasons beyond our ability to understand. That’s a long-winded way of saying that Mccloughan is competent at worst, and he has a reputation as a shrewd evaluator of talent as a reason.

Therefore, when he says that Julio Jones is the best receiver in football, we should listen. Of course, we also want to listen.

Things appear very settled among the NFL’s thinkers and doers, with only fans really debating whether Julio is better than Antonio Brown (he is, however narrowly) and Odell Beckham Jr. (he is, at least for right now). But it’s a reminder that the consensus has shaken out more or less leaguewide that the Falcons made, if not the right move, a good move to go get the best receiver in the NFL. I love it when a plan comes together.

You’ll recall a poll of players, coaches and league executives found that a majority agreed that Julio is the best of the best, so Mccloughan’s take is no surprise. But getting a well-respected former GM on the record is just further proof of what is increasingly becoming a well-established truth.