The Jacksonville Jaguars desperately need to upgrade their running game. Their top two rushers -- Denard Robinson and Blake Bortles -- combined for just 1,001 yards last season and "bell-cow back" Toby Gerhart fought through injuries, but ended last season with just one carry over 20 yards.
So with the No. 36 overall pick in the SB Nation Bloggers Mock Draft, Alfie Crow went with Boise State running back Jay Ajayi.
Here's Crow's reasons for selecting Ajayi at the beginning of the second round:
Having picked up a pure pass-rusher with the No. 3 overall pick and being wedged between where the runs on running back are likely to go this year in the draft, the Jaguars reach a bit for Boise State running back Jay Ajayi, but it’s an affordable reach because you’re getting a day-one starter at the running back position.
The Jaguars have struggled to run the football the past two seasons, in part because the offensive line has been in shambles, and in part because they just haven’t had a bell cow at the position and platooning hasn’t worked. Ajayi gives the Jaguars that bell cow-type of back, who’s also versatile in the passing game. He’s not a burner, but Ajayi has enough speed to do damage at the second level and get to the edge on wide plays and sweeps. His running style is similar to that of Marshawn Lynch, and while he probably won’t be Lynch, that’s the kind of back the Jaguars have needed since the decline of Maurice Jones-Drew.
The Jaguars need a starting running back, and as Mocking The Draft's Dan Kadar points out, Ajayi is a three-down player. Personally, I like the pick. What about you?