Aaron Jones in a Good Situation with Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers entered the 2017 NFL Draft with an obvious need at running back. Eddie Lacy left in free agency and joined the Seattle Seahawks. The team’s leading rusher was Ty Montgomery, who began 2016 as a wide receiver. To address their needs at running back, the Packers drafted three players, including UTEP’s Aaron Jones late in the fifth round.
The Miners all-time leading rusher joins a crowded young running back core, including Montgomery, fourth round pick Jamaal Williams from BYU, and seventh round pick Devante Mays from Utah State.
Packers Director of Football Operations Eliot Wolf met the media on Saturday to talk about Jones and what he brings to Green Bay.
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Every UTEP fan who watched Jones carve up the record books knows what he is capable of. In Green Bay, he will be considered more of a dual threat back compared to the classic big, bruising rusher like Williams. Jones will be in a good position to make the team since the Packers do not have a franchise player at running back. Some media outlets already consider Jones a steal for the Packers in the fifth round.
There will be some people questioning Jones’ decision to leave UTEP after his junior season. It is impossible to predict the future and determine if he would have been a higher draft choice if he had opted to stay with the Miners. The team has a brutal 2017 schedule, including non-conference road games at Oklahoma, Army, and a home game against Arizona. Had Jones been injured at any point this upcoming season, his draft stock could have been severely damaged. There was also little more for him to accomplish at UTEP as a senior. I believe the decision for Jones to turn pro was a wise one and Packers fans will enjoy Aaron Jones as much as El Paso has over the past eight years at Burges High and UTEP.