The Green Bay Packers may need to rebuild their running back room in 2024.
Aaron Jones is a potential cap casualty. He has missed six games this season, and with a cap hit above $17 million next year, Green Bay may move on. No. 2 running back AJ Dillon has an expiring contract.
The Packers could bring them both back, but another option for GM Brian Gutekunst is to start over at the position. He made similar moves at wide receiver and tight end in recent offseasons.
It's unlikely the Packers will sign any of the top free-agent running backs, especially if they are unwilling to pay Jones and Dillon, placing the priority on the 2024 NFL Draft. Fortunately, they will have an opportunity to land a future starter at the position.
Potential Packers target Trey Benson declares for the draft
This week, Florida State running back Trey Benson announced he is declaring for the 2024 NFL Draft.
Benson is an explosive runner and can offer plenty as a receiver, something the Packers will need if Jones departs.
Over the past two seasons at Florida State, Benson has turned 310 carries into 1,896 yards and 23 touchdowns while making 33 catches for 371 yards.
"Benson forced missed tackles at one of the highest rates we've ever recorded in 2022. This season hasn't been as flashy, but his speed, balance and agility remain," writes PFF's Trevor Sikkema, who ranks Benson third among running backs in the 2024 class.
The Packers are ideally placed to draft Benson. He could fall to the second or third round, where the Packers own four selections. Benson has RB1 potential in the NFL. If Green Bay loses Jones and Dillon, Gutekunst may double down at the position in the draft.
Benson can replace some of Jones' explosiveness and pass-catching ability but also offers the tackle-breaking power the Packers would lose if they don't re-sign Dillon.
Benson is one of the best running backs in the class and would be a dream addition to the Packers offense.