Jay Ajayi NFL Combine Proves Elite Status

On Saturday, February 21st, the 2015 NFL combine took place in Frigid, Indianapolis. Boise State only had one participant in the NFL combine, former Bronco running back Jay Ajayi. Ajayi, who has long been considered one of the elite NFL Running Back prospects, did not disappoint with strong showings on Saturday.

Here is a closer look at what events Ajayi participated in and the outcomes compared to other top RB prospects.

Earlier in the week, Ajayi benched pressed 225 Ibs 19 times. Ajayi's performance matched up well with some of the top running backs in this draft class. Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, who is viewed by many as the top running back in the draft class also benched 225 Ibs 19 times while Georgia’s Todd Gurley, another top running back prospect benched 225 Ibs 17 times.

Ajayi was deemed a “top performer” by NFL.com in four different drills at the NFL combine. Ajayi ran the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds, his time ranked him in the top 10 among running back. The 40-yard dash is one of the most scrutinized events in the list of the combine’s events. In Ajayi’s first attempt running the 40-yard dash Saturday, he finished 15th among the 31 running backs, with an unofficial time of 4:62, and then lowering it on his second attempt to an official time of 4.57. Running back, Melvin Gordon had a best of 4.52 seconds; Todd Gurley did not run the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine.

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Ajayi had a vertical jump of 39.0 inches; his broad jumps came in at 121.0 inches. Ajayi also took part in the 60-yard shuttle drill; his time of 11.1 was second and he came in third in the 20-yard shuttle with a time of 4.1. Ajayi had a time of 7.1 seconds in the three-Cone Drill which gave him 12th in the on-field test.

Ajayi did pretty well in the combine; he finished in the 4.50-4.60 range which helps his chances in the draft. Former Bronco running back Doug Martin had a time of 4.55 in the 40-yard dash and he was drafted late in the first-round. Anything falling into the 4.70 or above range could have had a negative impact on his draft stock. Jay Ajayi just recently met with the Dallas Cowboys earlier this week, if Ajayi was drafted by the Cowboys he will join former Boise State players Orlando Scandrick, Tyrone Crawford, and Demarcus Lawrence who all play for the Dallas Cowboys currently. “It feels good to know that teams like the Cowboys really enjoy drafting Boise State guys,” Ajayi said, per the Dallas Morning News. “They know they they’re well-coached guys, guys who go into work every day that will grind for your team and will do their job”.

Now after this combine performance, if the Dallas Morning News has anything to say about it, the Cowboys could continue their Boise State ways with Ajayi.

Boise State will hold its pro day March 18. The NFL draft will take place April 30-May 2 in New York, CBSSports.com projects Ajayi to be selected in the second round in the NFL Draft.

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