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2015 NFL Draft profile: Boise State running back Jay Ajayi

Jay Ajayi is the third-rated running back, so how high will he get taken in the draft?

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The running back position is back in full force for this year's NFL Draft and Boise State's Jay Ajayi will likely be the third back off the board, and just maybe as high as the first round and before the end of the third round.

  • Position: Running back (RB)
  • Class: Junior (redshirt)
  • College: Boise State
  • Ht/Wt: 6'0", 221 pounds

Ajayi was a first-team All-Mountain West and had 48 rushing touchdowns over the past two seasons, with 28 last year. He rushed for 1,823 yards and 130 per game. He also is a threat in the backfield and caught 50 passes last year for 535 yards and another four touchdowns.

Ajayi is a well-round back who can pass block, catch the ball and is capable of handling a high amount of carries while still being able to be fresh later in the game. Those traits are a reason that Ajayi would fit in well as a high prospect in the NFL.

Being a former soccer player is a reason why Ajayi has great balance and able to rebound fairly quickly if he gets hit or bouncing outside when changing directions. Ajayi also is able to absorb contact and needs multiple defenders to take him down.

Weaknesses for Ajayi will be that he played in the Mountain West and the lack of competition compared to Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon or Georgia's Todd Gurley. Also, Ajayi has had an issue in ball security by fumbling 12 times during his career, with seven happening last year. However, Ajayi has improved on that and he carried the ball almost 350 times, so his percentage of fumbles is low.

Ajayi is the 37th player overall and the third-rated running back, per Mocking the Draft. He likely will be taken in the middle of the second round.

Here are highlights of Ajayi against Ole Miss and Arizona.