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NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney believes that Boise State RB Jay Ajayi "is not a sure thing, but his natural abilities are tremendous."

Ajayi was born in London to Nigerian parents and grew up playing soccer. "For a guy who grew up depending on his feet, Ajayi is surprisingly effective as a receiver where he shows exceptional hand-eye coordination," Cooney wrote. "His instincts and moves as a runner cannot be taught and he seems comfortable as a receiver. But Ajayi will need to add muscle to pass block and he must prove he can use those big, 10-inch hands to keep the ball secure." Ajayi is an every-down back, a rarity these days. "To be able to be on the field three downs you have to be good enough running the ball on first and second down and being capable of picking up blitzes on third down, catching the ball out of the backfield on third down," Ajayi said. "That's where a lot of these games are won, converting on those third downs and getting more first downs. You have to find running backs who are able to do that."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 14 - 8:24 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that Boise State RB Jay Ajayi had dinner with the Cowboys' coaches and staff on Thursday night and visited the Ravens.

The Cowboys lost DeMarco Murray via free agency, but did sign former Raider RB Darren McFadden. The Ravens re-signed veteran Justin Forsett and released RB Bernard Pierce in the off season. Both teams likely see the Boise State prospect as a long-term option at the RB position. In 2014, Ajayi was quite productive in the run and the passing game, rushing for 1,823 yards and 28 TDs, while hauling in 50 receptions for 535 yards.
Apr 10 - 2:51 PM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones told the media his organization is "wide open" to the idea of drafting a running back.

The Cowboys plan, in hindsight, appears pretty straightforward. After a huge season in which he took a beating, the club presumably figured, it was best for another team to devote a large chunk of cap space to DeMarco Murray. With Adrian Peterson perhaps available and a historically stacked RB class waiting for them, plenty of safety nets were and are available. Hopefully one of those parachutes deploys, because the team currently employs the forgettable trio of Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar. Georgia's Todd Gurley and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon are far from locks to be available when Dallas picks late in the first round. Barring a trade up or a late push for Peterson, Cowboys' pick at No. 60 looks like prime real estate to stop the slide of one of many stud "second tier" running backs like Jay Ajayi, who wouldn't, in most years, be considered "second tier." Last week, ESPN's Steve Muench wrote that Ajayi would be an ideal fit for the Cowboys.
Mar 25 - 12:59 AM

Boise State RB Jay Ajayi met with the Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons after his pro day workout.

Each of those four organizations is far from settled at running back, so it's possible Ajayi was in fact interviewing with his future employer. If Adrian Peterson forces his way out of Minnesota, Ajayi could provide a ready-made replacement. The 49ers and Falcons, respectively, figure to want to add a complimentary back to Carlos Hyde and Devonta Freeman (though San Francisco may feel set with Reggie Bush as Hyde's running mate). Jacksonville's Toby Gerhart experiment didn't pan out, making running back a pressing need once again. Ajayi is almost assured of getting popped in Round 2.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 22 - 9:56 PM

ESPN's Steve Muench believes Boise State RB Jay Ajayi would be an ideal fit for the Cowboys in Round 2.

"Ajayi is a bigger back (6-0, 221 pounds) who gives blockers enough time to get into position and hits the gas as soon as he locates a seam, so he would make the most of playing behind Dallas' offensive line," Muench wrote. The analyst cited average speed, heavy collegiate workload, health concerns and fumbling concerns as reasons that he could potentially drop to Dallas' second-round slot. All that said, he likes Ajayi a lot -- and with good reason. "He doesn't just take what his blockers give him, either, as he's shown the ability to make the first defender miss and pick up yards after contact," he wrote. "As far as the passing game is concerned, he's an above-average route-runner for the position, he has good hands and he produces after the catch. He also made strides as a pass-blocker last year."
Mar 20 - 3:32 PM

Boise State RB Jay Ajayi "ranks anywhere from a high of No. 2 on running back boards around the league to a low of No. 6," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

We've heard rumblings that Ajayi has perhaps moved ahead of Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon on a few boards, and now a plugged-in reporter is confirming the same. "I'm told Jay Ajayi looked good in running back drills, especially catching the ball," Pauline wrote of the prospect's pro day. Ajayi elected not to run the forty, standing on his combine numbers (4.57 forty; 1.59 10; 4.1 20-yard shuttle; 7.1 second 3-cone). Ajayi dined with the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday.
Mar 19 - 10:56 PM

Boise State RB Jay Ajayi will not run the forty at the school's pro day on Wednesday, according to Tony Pauline.

Ajayi will go through position drills. He tested like an above average RB athlete at the Combine, posting a 4.57 forty, 1.59 10, 4.1 20 yard short shuttle, and 7.1 second three cone. Ajayi will be in the discussion for the second running back off the board.
Mar 18 - 12:19 PM

NFL scouts "have been quietly circling [Boise State RB Jay Ajayi] as a second-tier running back who offers tremendous value on the second day (Rounds 2-3) of the draft," according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

The analyst compares Ajayi to Marshawn Lynch. "While the comparison to Marshawn Lynch might be a little much considering Lynch's exploits in the NFL, Ajayi's running style and body type are very similar to Lynch's and Ajayi features an improving stiff arm and physicality that has become Lynch's calling card," Zierlein wrote. "Ajayi has the ability to play all three downs while mashing in short yardage and near the goal line." An AFC scout in charge of grading running backs explained why evaluators are so enamored with the Broncos' star: "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." NFL Films' Greg Cosell recently said he might rate Ajayi as a top-three running back in the class.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 18 - 12:02 AM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell said he might rank Boise State RB Jay Ajayi as a top-three running back in the class.

"I didn't know very much about him before I watched him," Cosell said of diving into Ajayi's tape. "He's got loose hips, quick feet. He's an easy accelerator. I think he's got the feet and agility of a smaller back. I like him an awful lot. He's not the exact same runner, but his build is very similar to Marshawn Lynch." Cosell hasn't completed his RB rankings, but we already know Todd Gurley will be No. 1. It's possible T.J. Yeldon, one of the analyst's favorites, will be No. 2. Cosell would consider taking Ajayi ahead of Melvin Gordon if he were running a team targeting a "foundation" back. Ajayi is ticketed for Round 2.
Mar 15 - 9:52 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes Boise State RB Jay Ajayi "runs with vision, strength and balance," and could be the third-rated RB in the class.

"Watching tape-RBs Gurley and Gordon are clearly the top 2-3rd RB? Jay Ajayi of Boise St-Runs with vision, strength, balance, catches it well, too," Davis tweeted. The Boise State prospect offers a potential three-down-back skill-set, and brings a nice combination of power and open field athleticism to the table. Ajayi recorded 50 receptions out of the backfield for 536 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for 1823 yards with 28 touchdowns. The versatile back could hear his name called in the second-round of the draft.
Mar 3 - 3:05 PM

An NFL scout said Boise State RB Jay Ajayi is a "big back with very good speed."

The 6-foot, 221-pound Ajayi posted 4.57 and 4.62 forty-yard times at the NFL Scouting Combine, marks that were actually above average for the running back position this year. "Really came on at the end of the year," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He's just a guy that runs hard. Very physical." Ajayi patterns his game after Demarco Murray.
Mar 1 - 7:26 PM

Boise State RB Jay Ajayi posted 4.57 and 4.62 forty-yard times at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Believe it or not, the 6-foot, 221-pound Ajayi was amongst the forty leaders in the running back group. The tough runner added 19 reps on the bench. A home run threat as a runner and receiver who plays with an edge, Ajayi told the media he patterns his game after Demarco Murray. Interestingly, he has met with the Cowboys and could potentially be Murray's replacement. It will probably take a second-round pick to secure Ajayi's services.
Feb 21 - 9:47 PM

Boise State redshirt junior RB Jay Ajayi mentioned that he has an official meeting set up with the Dallas Cowboys, according to DallasCowboys.com's staff writer David Helman.

With the Cowboys leaning towards applying the franchise tag on WR Dez Bryant, RB Demarco Murray's future is up in the air in Dallas. The Cowboys could be looking at cheaper RB options via the draft to help out there situation. With a quality group of running backs in the first 3 rounds, the 6-foot, 216-pound Ajayi could offer Dallas a player with a potential three-down-back skill set. The Boise State prospect could hear his name called in the second round of the draft.
Feb 19 - 3:03 PM

Boise State QB Grant Hedrick made his debut on Mel Kiper's QB rankings at No. 10.

Hedrick was joined by fellow newcomers Rakeem Cato (Marshall) and Mark Myers (John Carroll). "I'm not sure any QB has moved up for me more in the past month than Hedrick, who has a chance to stick on a roster," Kiper wrote. "He lacks height (he is just under 6 feet) but does a lot of other things well." How surprising is the love for Hedrick this late in the process? Consider this: This is the first update we've ever written about him.
Feb 17 - 6:51 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes that there is "wide opinion on where" Boise State redshirt junior RB Jay Ajayi "ranks amongst ball carriers."

"Right now I’m told there’s a wide opinion on where Jay Ajayi ranks amongst ball carriers. Some teams grade the Boise State junior as the second or third rated running back on their board while others have him listed as low as the eight or ninth back. For the record Ajayi is our third rated running back," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot, 216-pound Ajayi runs with power and shows a ton of athleticism out of the backfield. Ajayi shows dual-threat ability and poses a threat in the passing game. Rotoworld's Josh Norris has Ajayi as his fourth rated running back.
Feb 17 - 3:25 PM


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