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Green Bay sees elements of former pro bowler in MarShawn Lloyd

Green Bay sees elements of former pro bowler in MarShawn Lloyd

The NFL draft is over and many NFL teams have added some elite prospects in the process. Some of these elite prospects are USC Trojans, and many of them, drafted or undrafted, have found new homes. One former Trojan who could make an impact right out of the gate is running back MarShawn Lloyd.

Lloyd was selected in the third round with the No. 88 overall pick by the Green Bay Packers on Day 2. The Packers, in need of a running back after parting ways with Pro Bowl running back Aaron Jones, have put their faith in Lloyd. They see him not only as a replacement for Jones in 2024, but also as a player who could emulate Jones’ success.

ESPN’s Jeremey Fowler reported in his latest NFL post-draft piece.

“The Packers certainly see shades of Aaron Jones in USC back MarShawn Lloyd, their third-round pick, with his versatility, burst, toughness and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield,” Fowler said. “Despite the presence of Josh Jacobs and AJ Dillon in the backfield (accounting for nearly $16 million in total payroll through 2024, by the way), the Packers should get Lloyd settled in quickly. I’m told Lloyd doesn’t consider himself a stock. and-learn option, but a real player in the backfield, based on his conversations with the team. And GreenBay will remain committed to the 5-0 run when Jones, now a Viking, rushed 20 or more times.

Jones left for the rival Minnesota Vikings in free agency, and now Lloyd could take the lead in the Packers’ backfield.

The 23-year-old defender showed his skills in his only season at USC. His 2023 season was his best in college as he attempted 116 rushes for 820 yards and was a threat as a pass catcher, with 13 receptions for 232 yards and an average of 17.8 yards per reception. When it comes to his dual-threat abilities, Jones’ comparisons are fair.

The Delaware native has all the tools to be successful in the NFL. He is an exceptional athlete with great acceleration and burst, impressive stop/start acceleration and good contact balance and power during his runs.

The Packers could pick up where they left off with an even younger version of Jones.

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