Jones’ NFL Dream Just Days Away From Becoming Reality


The NFL Draft process is all about picking prospect apart. Inside and out, NFL scouts and general managers are looking for holes in a player’s game, or even their character. Former UTEP running back Aaron Jones has made it clear throughout the draft process; his holes are few and far between.

Jones is prepping for the 2017 NFL Draft on campus at UTEP, where he has had individual workouts with the Saints, 49ers, Eagles, and the Cowboys. The Miners all-time leading rusher turned heads at the NFL Combine in February, as well as at UTEP’s Pro Day in March.

Jones is now ready to find out where he will land. “I’ve been telling my older sisters and my brothers ever since I was little; I’m going to play in the NFL. Every year I watch the NFL Draft. I’ve been telling myself that one day I would be there,” said Jones. “To be this close and have it happen to me, it’s crazy. I don’t know how I’m going to react, but I know there will be a lot of excitement.”

Jones, who totaled 2,006 all-purpose yards and 20 touchdowns for UTEP in 2016, is projected to be selected anywhere between the 3rd and 6th rounds. The NFL Draft begins Thursday and runs through Saturday.

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