One round after selecting BYU running back Jamaal Williams in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers found a second running back with their second fifth-round pick, at number 182 overall.
That player is Aaron Jones from the University of Texas-El Paso.
While Williams is a bigger, bruising back, Jones is likely to be more of a versatile dual threat back. He measured in at 5’9-1/2” and 208 pounds at the Scouting Combine and had excellent quickness testing results. He finished in the top three of all running backs at the Combine in the short shuttle (4.20), long shuttle (11.53), and 3-cone (6.82). Add to that a 4.56 40-yard dash and a 37.5” vertical and you see a very productive back.
Jones is also a competent receiver. In his two years as a starter (2014 and 2016, as he tore an ankle ligament in 2015), he averaged 29 receptions and about 260 receiving yards. As a runner, he had 1,321 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014 and posted 1,773 yards and 17 scores as a senior.