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2015 NFL Draft Prospect To Watch: Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State

Monday, April 6th, 2015
Jay Ajayi could be the third running back selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Casey Sapio — USA Today Sports)

Jay Ajayi could be the third running back selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: Casey Sapio — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Brian Krosky

Despite the recent devaluation of running backs in the NFL and on draft day, the 2015 NFL draft’s crop offers many talented runners who can make instant impacts.

Todd Gurley of Georgia and Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin seem to be the consensus top two running backs in this year’s draft, and their talents garner first-round consideration. The third spot, which remains much more inconclusive, should belong to Jay Ajayi of Boise State.

Ajayi, a junior, is the only player in Football Bowl Subdivision history with 1,800 rushing yards and 500 yards receiving in one season. He finished his final season with a stat line of 347 rushing attempts for 1,823 yards and 28 rushing touchdowns, and 73 receptions for 771 yards and four receiving touchdowns.

He performed well at the NFL Scouting Combine, in fact posting comparable measurables to Gordon and Gurley, according to MockDraftable.com.

Ajayi brings a bulky frame to the field, and stands at 6’0″ and 221 pounds.

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Quick Hits: 2014 East-West Shrine Game

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

San Jose State wide receiver Chandler Jones was one of the stars of Saturday’s Shrine Game. (Photo: Cary Edmondson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Before the Senior Bowl begins in earnest with practices on Monday, the biggest contest on the pre-draft all-star game schedule thus far came Saturday with the East-West Shrine Game, televised on NFL Network from St. Petersburg, Fla.

The East won Saturday’s game, 23-13, but the final score was essentially meaningless. Instead, the game served as the culmination of a week-long opportunity for 2014 draft prospects to showcase their talents to NFL coaches, scouts and executives in hopes of being among this year’s 256 draft selections.

Which players made impressions, positive or negative, in Saturday’s game? While it’s hard to make any big takeaways from the game, as the practices actually hold more value in the all-star game evaluation process, there were a players who might have made scouts want to go back and take another look at their tape, for better or for worse.

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Scouting Notes: 2013 Hawaii Bowl (Boise State vs. Oregon State)

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks (No. 7) and Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (No. 8) were players to watch in the 2013 Hawaii Bowl. (Photo: Marco Garcia — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Joseph Curtis

Boise State (8-5) faced Oregon State (7-6) in the Hawaii Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 in one of three matchups this bowl season between Mountain West and Pac-12 teams.

Oregon State dominated the first half, leading 31-6 at halftime in part thanks to two fumble return touchdowns by cornerback Rashaad Reynolds. While Boise State closed the gap with a few second-half scores, they could not overcome the deficit and Oregon State won 38-23.

Reynolds was one of a number of 2014 NFL draft prospects to impress in this games.

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2013 Hawaii Bowl Prospect Preview: Oregon State vs. Boise State

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

The Hawaii Bowl could be the final game of Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence’s career. (Photo: Brian Losness — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Ryan Glaze

Christmas Eve’s Hawaii Bowl (8 p.m. Wednesday, ESPN) between the Oregon State Beavers (6-6) and the Boise State Broncos (8-4) pits two blue-collar programs that pride themselves on player development against one another.

While both West Coast programs have fought through challenging 2013 seasons, the Hawaii Bowl will showcase a number of intriguing prospects from each team on both sides of the ball.

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2014 NFL Draft: Sleepers to Watch in Mountain West Conference, Independent FBS Programs

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Davante Adams has only played one season of college football, but the redshirt sophomore wide receiver is already making a name for himself at Fresno State. (Photo: Cary Edmonson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

The Mountain West Conference has been a consistent producer of NFL talent the past few drafts. An average of 11.2 players have been selected from the conference during the last five drafts, including three first-round picks (Boise State defensive end Shea McClellin and running back Doug Martin in 2012, TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes in 2010).

Independent teams haven’t produced the amount of picks that the MWC has, but thanks to Notre Dame, they have had more top talent. There have been an average of 3.6 players selected from independent FBS programs during the last five drafts, including four first-round picks (BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah and Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert in 2013, Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd and safety Harrison Smith in 2012).

Notre Dame defensive linemen Louis Nix III and Stephen Tuitt and Brigham Young’s linebacker Kyle Van Noy give the independent teams a number of potential first-round picks again in the 2014 NFL draft. The MWC boasts quarterback prospects David Fales (San Jose State) and Derek Carr (Fresno State) and an intriguing, athletic defensive lineman in Boise State’s Demarcus Lawrence.

In this article, we’ll explore some other players to keep an eye out for amongst the Independent and Mountain West teams.

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