It was not a surprise that the Mountain West had no players drafted in the first round, but look for players to come off the board Friday night. The first pick is likely to be Boise State running back Jay Ajayi and then a pair of Colorado State players in quarterback Garrett Grayson and maybe offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo.
Mocking the Draft has a second round mock draft and they see Ajayi going in the first few picks.
36. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
The draft's third-best running back seems like an easy fit in Jacksonville.
No. 37 New York Jets: Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
The Jets grab a running back to replace Chris Johnson.
Ajayi is a versatile back who looks well suited for NFL offenses. The 6-foot, 221-pounder averaged 5.4 yards per carry in 2014 for 1,689 yards with 25 touchdowns. Through the air, he notched 45 receptions for 536 yards and four touchdowns. Ajayi has the speed to break off yards in chunks, plus is athletic and tough.
No. 81 Buffalo Bills: Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State
The Bills could use a young quarterback to develop in case E.J. Manuel doesn't pan out.
NFL sources have identified Grayson as a sleeper prospect who has really impressed them. Grayson (6-2, 213) has a quality arm that can make all the throws with developing accuracy. He has some mobility to make throws on the run, too. Grayson's character receives high marks as he is viewed as a good teammate and is happy to serve as a backup while developing. Grayson had a quality week at the Senior Bowl and was the best quarterback in Mobile.
In their second mock draft they do not have Ajayi as their first pick on Friday from the Mountain West:
No. 59 Denver Broncos: Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State
Peyton Manning obviously won't be in the NFL much longer. The Broncos drafted Brock Osweiler a few years ago, but he hasn't shown that he has developed into a capable starter. It won't be surprising if John Elway gives up on Osweiler and spends a second-day selection on another quarterback.
DeMarco Murray was too expensive to keep, so the plan was for Joseph Randle to become the new starting running back. The problem is that Randle was recently arrested for drug possession and domestic violence, so he could be suspended. If so, Dallas may spend a second-day selection on a back.
The Sporting News has the Dallas Cowboys taking Ajayi with the 28th pick in the second round.
In the market for a starter at running back if they can't land Adrian Peterson, Yeldon can be a power runner who can handle 20 carries a game for Dallas as a rookie.
Ajayi seems to be the best bet for the Mountain West to get a team drafted on Friday, and a player who likely will be able to be the most impact in his rookie year.
Do not be surprised if Grayson gets drafted on Friday since quarterback is always the position that teams will reach, and with a weak quarterback class Grayson is likely to be one of the next few signal callers to be drafted.