Packers Select RB Aaron Jones in 2017 NFL Draft, Round Five

With their fifth-round compensatory pick (182nd overall) in the 2017 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select Aaron Jones, Running Back, UTEP  

With their fifth-round compensatory pick (182nd overall) in the 2017 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select Aaron Jones, Running Back, UTEP. 

MEASURABLES / COMBINE: 
5'9", 208 lbs, 40 Yard Dash: 4.56, 37.5 Inch Vertical, 6.82 3 Cone Drill, 16 Bench Reps
 
CAREER NOTES: 
Dual threat running back. Plays physical despite not being a big player. Does need to improve on blocking. Jones missed all but two games last season due to an ankle injury. Durability is a concern but Jones has been productive when healthy. 2,341 yards, 16 rushing touchdowns and four receiving touchdowns in 23 college games. Holds the UTEP record for longest touchdown (91 yards). 2015 All-C-USA Preseason First Team, 2015 Preseason Dave Campbell All-Texas College Best Running Back, 2015 Maxwell Award Watch List. 
 
 
SCOUTING REPORT:
 
Draftwire: Jones is the type of back that is hard to get off the field because he's such a dynamic threat as both a runner and a receiver...Jones understands the nuances of running routes and shielding defenders off from the ball at the catch point. For a man his size, Jones is a load to tackle. He is very physical with deadly off-hand stiff arm and the ability to lower his pad level into oncoming tacklers. He isn't a guy you can take down with weak arm tackles, as Jones will run right through them, keeping his feet moving and always looking to pick up that extra yard. 
 

COMMENTARY:

If Aaron Jones can avoid the injury woes (stop me if you've already heard that phrase a million times this draft season) he could be a nice asset for the Packers. He runs tough, has nice speed and is very good catching the ball out of the backfield. Along with the addition of Jamaal Williams who is more of an old-school running back, the Packers now have a well-rounded backfield which features all the skill sets needed. 

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Dzehren's picture

April 29, 2017 at 03:14 pm

We have not had a little guy since Duann Harris. New dimension for A-ROD

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dobber's picture

April 29, 2017 at 03:23 pm

This is a pick I can get on board with. Productive guy, good athlete, effective in the passing game.

After the Yancey pick, I feel a little better.

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dobber's picture

April 29, 2017 at 03:18 pm

"With their fifth-round comensatory pick (182nd overall) in the 2017 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select Kenny Clark, Nose Tackle, UCLA"

Huh?

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Irish_Cheesehead's picture

April 29, 2017 at 03:20 pm

Yes! A nose tackle at running back! Definitely the thunder in the backfield!

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kevinmooney's picture

April 29, 2017 at 03:28 pm

Nothing gets by your proof reading prowess.

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dobber's picture

April 29, 2017 at 03:49 pm

I don't know if that was intended to be a compliment... ;)

Besides, it shows that I was actually reading the post. That's a good thing, right?

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kevinmooney's picture

April 29, 2017 at 03:57 pm

Definitely a good thing - appreciate it!

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4thand1's picture

April 29, 2017 at 03:28 pm

He'll tear it up in pre season. 5 running backs now.

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Turophile's picture

April 30, 2017 at 01:18 pm

208lb on a 5'9" guy is a solid build. Low-down power, has a knack for getting off blocks with stiff arm, change of direction and spin, stays on his feet well. Has a burst of speed. Looks like he has quick eyes. Nice acquisition, one of my favourite Packer picks.

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dobber's picture

April 30, 2017 at 01:59 pm

Yep. Akin to a "pinball" back. I like him better than either of the other backs they picked.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

April 29, 2017 at 03:39 pm

Sure hope Jahari Evans stays healthy. No OL picks. Guess, that's "just how it worked out" to draft a bunch of RBs they don't need.

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dobber's picture

April 29, 2017 at 03:43 pm

Drafted 2 OL last season...kept them both. Signed Evans. Got Barclay, Patrick coming back, too. they must like what they have there. I'd like for them to find a G/C yet so they can let Barclay go, but maybe Patrick can snap?

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kevinmooney's picture

April 29, 2017 at 04:32 pm

Evans won't be what once was but he definitely took some pressure off this draft.

What do you mean by "RBs they don't need"?

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

April 29, 2017 at 05:58 pm

It's hard to be more clear.

They already had more than enough running backs for MM to run the ball 6 straight plays in the first quarter, punt and then forget to call a run for the rest of the game.

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HankScorpio's picture

April 30, 2017 at 02:42 pm

Wasn't it generally considered a weak draft for OL? I'm a fan of adding OL in every draft but not a fan of forcing a pick just to hit a preferred approach. TT's track record with drafting OL gives him a little leeway in my book. He's definitely not ignored the spot.

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