Jay Ajayi is going to be one of the top running backs in the 2015 NFL Draft. He’s got some of the best athleticism at his position heading into the draft and he’s continuing to show that his marks during the NFL Scouting Combine weren’t flukes.
Reportedly 20 teams sent representatives to the Boise State’s Pro Day on Wednesday and running backs coaches from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks, and San Diego Chargers watched Ajayi’s workout. Gil Brandt of NFL.com says he had an outstanding workout, showcasing his quick feet and ability as a receiver out of the backfield.
I highlighted Ajayi as one of five running back for the Jaguars to consider heading into the 2015 NFL Draft. I put Jay Ajayi behind Wisconsin’s Melvin Ingram and Georgia’s Todd Gurley as a prospect for the Jacksonville Jaguars. I believe his smooth running and quick feet will be a major asset that sets him up to outplay defenders on every rushing attempt.
Ajayi would be able to help any of the teams that went to watch his pro day, providing a reliable rushing attack to balance an offense. For the Jaguars, he would be an excellent addition to Toby Gerhart and Denard Robinson, bringing a steady presence that allows the Jaguars to use Toby Gerhart in more flexible situations and bring in the shifty Robinson as a change of pace. Though one NFL Scout grading running backs believes that Ajayi can do it all, saying:
"Of all the backs in this draft, Ajayi might be my favorite because he can do everything you want from a back and you don’t have to find a complementary back to pick up the slack for him in any one area."
While that’s just one opinion and there are plenty of other backs in a deep running back class, Jay Ajayi certainly does seem to have the ability to nearly single handily balance an NFL team’s offense. I love his impressive volume of work at Boise State (347 attempts last season) while still maintaining an average of over five yards per carry.
It’s good to see him impressing coaches yet again. It will be curious to see how many running backs sneak into the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
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