I just finished typing the second round of my mock draft and I could not be more excited about who I had going to the New York Giants. I gave Big Blue the perfect fit at the running back position, Jay Ajayi. This is the exact prototype running back that the Giants need.
The Giants run a West Coast offense where the running back has to be able to produce in the passing game. Ajayi is no stranger to catching the football coming out of the backfield. In 2014 the 6″0′ 216 lbs. rusher caught 50 receptions. He had 73 receiving yards and 4 touchdown receptions. He is obviously perfect for this requirement the Giants have for the position.
Feb 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Boise State running back Jay Ajayi runs with the ball in a drill during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Secondly, Ajayi runs like a wild animal stalking his prey. Some running backs (the best kind of running backs) almost look for contact, they run through linebackers like a lion runs through a gazelle.
When Ajayi has a full head of steam, he is hard to bring down. In 2014, he rushed for 1,823 yards and 28 touchdowns. With his own version of “Beast Mode”, he averaged 5.6 yards per carry.
Ajayi would provide the Giants a type of balance that they simply did not have in 2014. Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams will get exactly what you block for them, the minimum requirements for a rusher in the NFL. Ajayi will be able to grind out tough yards and make more out of nothing. The Giants couldn’t lean on Jennings or Williams but they could work the heck out of Ajayi.
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The Giants have more pressing needs than running back. There is no denying that the defense needs to be the biggest priority. The Giants must draft a top 10 talent with the 9th overall selection.
In the 2nd Round however, they need to do what will take the offense to the next level. That is drafting Ajayi to fit their needs at running back.
Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley will be gone before the Giants 40th overall draft pick. So will Ameer Abdullah. In all likelihood, Ajayi will be there in the second round for the Giants. That’s perfect because he is the one Giants fans should want anyway. It is almost like his game is tailored fit to the Giants needs perfectly.