Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft 1.0

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Round 3: Boise State RB Jay Ajayi

With the Cowboys letting DeMarco Murray test free agency, it should be said that since he is coming off a career year where he compiled over 2,200 total yards, he is likely going to receive a ton of money from a team that has the cap space. That team however isn’t the Cowboys. Even if the Cowboys don’t re-sign Murray, it wouldn’t be that bad. They would still have the best offensive line in all of football and they would have three guys who can rotate in a running back committee in Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar, and Ryan Williams. However, adding another running back wouldn’t be that bad of an idea, especially if that back is destined for immediate success.

At 6-foot-1, 224 pounds, Jay Ajayi is a bigger back, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t fast either. Given his superb vision and his excellent cutback ability, Ajayi has the skills you want for in a running back to produce in a zone-blocking scheme. Murray was perfect for Dallas’ zone-blocking scheme, but Ajayi could very well do the same. The Cowboys already have interest in Ajayi, as David Helman has already reported that the Cowboys have set up a meeting with Ajayi.

Over the past three years, the Cowboys have drafted two Boise State players early in the draft. That being said, there is a clear affinity for players from that school. Ajayi has the tools to produce in both the running and passing offense. Ajayi will be a cheaper option than Murray and he could find a ton of success behind Dallas’ offensive line.

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