The 2017 draft class is packed with running backs. You have heard of Leonard Fournette or Dalvin Cook, but there is somebody else on my draft radar.
Aaron Jones has some minor concerns that go against him, but in my eyes, the ‘pros’ far outweigh the ‘cons.’ Jones just finished up his uber-productive college career.
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to have a chat with Aaron and find out more about him as we get closer to this year’s NFL Draft.
So Aaron, tell me a bit about yourself. Where did you grow up?
My parents were in the military so I am from Atlanta, Georgia but I consider myself from Hampton, Virginia and El Paso, Texas. I moved to El Paso in the 2nd grade.
What made you choose UTEP?
I have a twin brother (Alvin Jones) that plays and they were the only school that offered for us both and I wanted to play with him.
How old were you when you started playing football?
I was five years old. Flag football at 5 and then I started playing tackle at 6.
Growing up, did you always want to be a football player?
Yes, sir, it was my dream to play in the NFL ever since I was little.
You won a lot of accolades at UTEP such as making the All C-USA Second team in 2014. What would you say is the highlight of your college career?
Highlight of my college career was breaking the all-time rushing record at UTEP and breaking the single season record last season.
What would you say is your most memorable game?
My last game against North Texas when I rushed for 301 yards.
What is your proudest achievement off the field?
Giving back to the community. I worked at the special Olympics and worked with the special-ed kids. It was great.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
Definitely my parents.
What aspects of your game do you think help you succeed the most?
Catching the ball. I catch well as a running back, also my vision and balance.
Are there any NFL players that you watch and try to model yourself on?
David Johnson, Lesean McCoy and older players like Marshall Faulk and Emmitt Smith.
If you could play alongside any current or former NFL player, who would it be?
David Johnson, Ezekiel Elliott or Lesean McCoy, any of those three. Probably Le’Veon Bell as well.
On that note, who would you say is the best player you have ever played alongside?
Definitely my brother!
So, this year’s draft is quite deep at running back. What would you say makes you stand out among other running backs?
Probably my ability to catch the ball. I think my numbers speak for themselves if you compare them up against the rest of the draft class, including my yards per carry.
Is there any specific team in the NFL you are hoping to be drafted to?
I just want to play in the NFL; I don’t have a preference.
What do you want our readers to know about Aaron Jones if they can take one thing from this interview?
I am a humble, hardworking guy and I will do whatever it takes to contribute to the team.
Finish with a random question, if you could go and see any musician in history perform, who would you go and see?
Ohh, that’s a tough question. I would probably go and watch The Temptations.
Realistically, Jones is likely to be drafted in the 4th or 5th round. So there could be a lot of people in your league that don’t take notice of him. Given the right situation, Jones could be an absolute stud in the NFL and is worth taking a risk on in your fantasy draft!
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