4. Aaron Jones, RB, Packers
There wasn’t anything not to like about Ty Montgomery’s ascension as lead dog of Green Bay’s backfield last season, but let’s not get too carried away with expectations from a player that had all of 77 carries on his ledger.
Though the third-year pro has packed on some muscle in the offseason, history says that his touches will be carefully managed.
Durability just happened to be one of Montgomery’s primary concerns upon entering the 2015 draft.
A partially-torn PCL and a shoulder ailment that required surgery were two issues that forced him to miss some time during his collegiate years at Stanford.
Packers’ decision makers were well aware of this back in April, which prompted them to draft not one, not two, but three running backs.
Though Jamaal Williams profiles as more of a sustaining volume runner with size to complement Montgomery, Jones may be the most talented back on the roster.
During his four years at UTEP, Jones became his school’s all-time leading rusher by showcasing an exhilarating cocktail of physical tools, including breakaway speed, toughness to run through contact and the ability to run a wide variety of routes.
Some have compared the 5-foot-9, 208-pound ball carrier to current Indianapolis Colt Frank Gore for his knack of running through small creases in tight quarters.
While most will find themselves hard pressed in envisioning the undersized fifth-round pick playing a prominent role as the Packers RB3, don’t be shocked if the coaching staff devises multiple ways of getting Jones more snaps as the season progresses.