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Falcons’ wide receiver Julio Jones listed at No. 8 on NFL’s top 100 players for 2016

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (No. 11) makes receptions vs. New Orleans in 2015: Jason Getz - USA TODAY Sports

In five season, Julio Jones has become an unstoppable force in the National Football League.

His size (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) makes it difficult for players to guard him, while his hands, speed and route running capabilities make him all the more beneficial to Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan.

The NFL top 100, which is a list created by the players, aired its rankings from 10 to one on Wednesday via NFL Network. Jones was listed at No. 8; an increase of five spots from 2015.

He set a franchise record in receiving last year with 136 catches for 1,871 yards and eight touchdowns, while becoming the first wide out in league history to record at least 130 catches and 1,800 yards in a season. His performance earned him a trip to the Pro Bowl for the third time in his career, and the status of being named to first team All-Pro. The former Alabama standout and 2009 BCS national champion has totaled 6,201 career receiving yards and 34 touchdowns on 414 catches.

He became the NFL’s highest-paid receiver back on Aug. 29, 2015, when he signed a five-year, $71.5 million contract ($47 million guaranteed).

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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