The San Francisco 49ers are kicking the tires on running back prospects as the 2017 NFL Draft approaches, and Matt Barrows is reporting the latest is Aaron Jones out of the University of Texas-El Paso. Barrows learned the team had a private workout with Jones earlier this month.
Jones is coming off a monster 2016 season, rushing for 1,773 yards and 17 touchdowns, and catching 28 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns. He ran a 4.56 40 at the 2017 NFL Combine, ranked second among running backs in the 3-cone drill, and third in the vertical jump, broad jump, 20-yard shuttle, and 60-yard shuttle.
CBS Sports projects Jones as a potential sixth round pick. This year’s running back class is particularly deep. The 49ers need some help at the position, with DuJuan Harris, Mike Davis, and Raheem Mostert competing for opportunities behind Carlos Hyde. There has been talk of Christian McCaffrey if he somehow slipped into the second round, and we have seen some mock drafts suggesting Leonard Fournette with the No. 2 overall pick. My guess is we see the 49ers wait and grab somebody a little bit later. Whether that means waiting until later on day three? We’ll see.