The Green Bay Packers still have one of the best running back duos in football.
It wasn’t certain that Aaron Jones would be back this season, but the former Pro Bowler agreed to take a pay cut. He returns to Green Bay in 2023.
Once again, Jones will rotate snaps with AJ Dillon. Together, they give the Packers great depth at running back.
It would be a huge surprise if the Packers drafted a running back in the early rounds, but should they consider creating competition for the number three spot late in the draft?
Packers projected running back depth chart after second week of free agency
- Aaron Jones
- AJ Dillon
- Patrick Taylor
- Tyler Goodson
Jones and Dillon ensure running back isn’t a need for the Packers. You won’t find many better running back duos in the league.
Jones is coming off a career year for rushing yards, while Dillon set a new career best in rushing touchdowns. Together, they complement each other perfectly.
Patrick Taylor and Tyler Goodson provide good competition for the number three spot, although this is an area Green Bay can improve.
When Jones and Dillon are healthy, there aren’t many carries left over for the third-string running back, although it’s possible Green Bay leans more on the ground game with Aaron Rodgers gone.
But should Jones or Dillon miss any time, it’s important to have a capable backup to step in.
Again, running back shouldn’t be a priority in the draft, but the Packers should add one on Day 3, especially as they have multiple seventh-round selections.
Tulane’s Tyjae Spears has drawn comparisons to Aaron Jones, and understandably so. He could be an option for Green Bay on the final day of the draft. Spears rushed for 1,581 yards and 19 touchdowns last season.
The Packers don’t need to draft a running back early, but they could add some competition for the number three spot later on.