Aaron Jones Named to NFL Top-100 List at Number 33
As voted on by the players, the NFL Top 100 Players of 2020 hit the sporting world through this week. The NFL Network continues to release batches of player rankings each day and on Tuesday, Packers running back Aaron Jones joined the list.
El Paso's running back saw four of his teammates make the list, including linebacker Za'Darius Smith (48), wide receiver Davante Adams (57), offensive lineman David Bakhtiari (62) and linebacker Preston Smith (63). Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the only Packer that could possibly rank better than Jones.
Jones eclipsed all of them when he came in at No. 33—coincidently his jersey number. He was picked ahead of elite players like Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey, Chargers pass-rusher Joey Bosa and Browns running back Nick Chubb, which garnered a ton of debate on social media.
UTEP's all-time leading rusher and the Burges alumn finished last year as the NFL's touchdown co-leader (23 total touchdowns) en route to a 1,202 rushing season. He was also Pro Football Focus' fifth-highest graded tailback based on their advanced metric system. Through his career, Showtyme has scored 32 touchdowns.
Last month, Jones didn't make ESPN's top-10 running back list, voted on by front office personnel. It's been an ongoing offseason debate regarding Jones' value and whether he's a top running back. He has shown significant production on the field but some critics still prefer other rushers ahead of Jones at times.