Vikings Draft 2015: Jay Ajayi Could Slide to 3rd Due to Medical Concerns


In hour one of today’s sure-to-be-epic conference call, NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock gave his take on Boise State RB Jay Ajayi, a player whose draft stock has been wavering amid speculation about the soundness of his knee.

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According to Mayock, Ajayi should be a second round pick but will likely slip to the third as a result of these medical concerns.

The Vikings have taken a long look at the 6-0, 221-pound Ajayi, interviewing him at Boise State pro day and having him in as one of their Top 30 draft visits.

Scouts note Ajayi’s varied skill-set, which should make him a good third-down back at the next level, as well as his ability to make tacklers miss.

Ajayi put up strong numbers at the combine, performing near the top of the running back class in the vertical (39 inches), the broad jump (121 inches), the 20-yard shuttle (4.10 seconds) and the 60-yard shuttle (11.10 seconds) while running a 4.57 in the 40.

The only real knock on Ajayi is a certain lack of natural instinct at the running back position.

The medical red flag is a genuine issue if you believe Mike Mayock, but there are some who think the knee isn’t a problem and teams might be attempting to torpedo Ajayi’s stock in hopes of making him drop.

Of course the Vikings would never get involved in spreading that kind of stuff behind the scenes in hopes of making a guy they like drop a round. They’re above that kind of thing.

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