2. Jay Ajayi
Tevin Coleman is gone and Devonta Freeman is still a question mark regarding injuries. Brian Hill and Ito Smith have not proven to be capable NFL running backs yet. The Falcons are in desperate need of a consistent running game that can take the pressure of the Falcons passing game. A big problem for the Falcons last season was the lack of a running game so teams could lock in on the Matt Ryan when the running game proved to be an insufficient threat. Jay Ajayi, a proven NFL runner, can come in to help the Falcons immediately.
Jay Ajayi ran into some bad luck after being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. Ajayi tore his ACL in week 5 of last season. Most likely, the main reason Ajayi is still on the market today. The position of running back has been diminished year after year, especially for a guy coming off a torn ACL. However, Ajayi is still 25, plenty young enough to heal properly and contribute to a team still, as a starter. It’s possible Ajayi could still be looking for a deal that would lock him up for more than a year, but if the running back is willing to take a chance on himself, the Falcons would be a great landing spot. The passing game can take the pressure off and provide him with opportunities to put some good numbers up. If the money is right, the Falcons should take a look at Ajayi.