Dec 31, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Boise State Broncos running back Jay Ajayi (27) against the Arizona Wildcats in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl at Phoenix Stadium. The Broncos defeated the Wildcats 38-30. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
In a lower than expected ranking, Jay Ajayi falls to down in this 2015 Jaguars mock draft, landing at the top of the third round. A talented running back with fluid movement, it is surprising to see Mayock rank Ajayi so low, especially behind some other players at his position like T.J. Yeldon, Duke Johnson, and Northern Iowa’s David Johnson at 66. It doesn’t matter for the Jaguars as they are happy to see someone with such quality running join their team a full round behind where he could be taken.
The past two seasons at Boise State saw Ajayi put up over 1400 yards each year and his 2014 season saw him rush the ball 347 times and put together an impressive 1823 yards and a ridiculous 28 touchdowns. Ajayi has proven ability in the college ranks and it is tough to ignore that in the 2015 NFL Draft. He also has receiving ability to boot. He’s the only player in FBS history to have over 1800 yards rushing at 500 yards receiving in the same year.
My main concern with Ajayi is that his running style is a bit more similar to current Jaguars running back Denard Robinson. They are both shifty backs, looking to make plays with their feet by getting a bit too cute at times. I think both players will correct that going forward (and it is important to be a shifty back sometimes) but it won’t give the Jaguars a great change of pace if needed. Bringing in someone like Ajayi would likely indicate that a more bruising back like FB/HB Toby Gerhart could get more touches to help set the tone. Overall, I love the addition of Ajayi, though.
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