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Player Showdown: Jay Ajayi or Kenyan Drake?

By Michael Moore
May 20, 2018

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(All offseason, Michael Moore will be looking at some specific draft conundrums facing drafters in an effort to determine which player should be the preference.)

This week’s Player Showdown looks at one current Dolphin running back, Kenyan Drake, and his ex-teammate, current Eagle Jay Ajayi. They’re currently both being drafted as mid-RB2s, with Ajayi going 19th in consensus ADP rankings while Drake has gone 20th. Both come with risks, but their respective ceilings are that of RB1s.

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For Ajayi, It’s been a roller coaster of a career. After he slipped to the fifth round in the 2015 draft due to potential issues with his knee, he broke out in 2016 with more than 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns. And that was after not even traveling with the team in Week 1 of the season. But then Ajayi hit another valley through the first half of 2017, averaging only 3.4 yards per carry with Miami. He was rejuvenated after a midseason trade to the Eagles that saw him rush for nearly as many yards (408 as an Eagle; 465 as a Dolphin) in only half the carries (70 as an Eagle; 138 as a Dolphin). He now sits as the starter of the defending Super Bowl champions for the 2018 season without former teammate LeGarrette Blount to vulture carries.

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