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.