Top 10 Small Athletes: #6 Maurice Jones-Drew
It's almost like the NFL doesn't know what to make of Maurice Jones-Drew. When you're 5' 7" (and probably not even that tall), you're not supposed to be able to plow through mammoth defensive linemen.
But because he's so short and compact (208 pounds), trying to tackle Jones-Drew can be like trying to knock over a tank. He's too strong and too low to the ground to tackle easily. Plus, he has the speed to break away from the defense once he gets to the second level.
But what sets Jones-Drew apart is how well-rounded his game is. Adrian Peterson is undoubtedly the best runner in football, but he doesn't catch many passes and isn't a great pass protector. Jones-Drew does it all. He has averaged 49 catches per year over his first three seasons, and has even returned two kickoffs for TDs.
But to sum up just how good Jones-Drew is, consider this: Since he entered the league in 2006, he has scored 44 touchdowns. Only one player at any position has scored more during that span, and he's going to the Hall of Fame: LaDainian Tomlinson.
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