2015 NFL DRAFT
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Seyi Ajirotutu

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 204 | College: Fresno State
 
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Overview

Blessed with size, speed and the strength to compete for jump balls as well as block on the edge, Ajirotutu is an intriguing developmental talent who could reward a team willing to invest a mid- or late-round selection just as another former WAC standout, Legedu Naanee (Boise State), has for the San Diego Chargers.

Ironically, Ajirotutu signed with Fresno State over Boise State after earning MVP honors in leading Oak Ridge (Ca.) High School to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship.

After redshirting in 2005 and seeing little time on the field in '06 (four catches for 34 yards), Ajirotutu emerged as a significant contributor as a sophomore, developing into a big-play threat with 29 catches for 491 yards (16.9 average). He led the team with 44 grabs for 714 yards and five touchdowns as a junior.

With defenses gearing up to slow All-American RB Ryan Matthews, Ajirotutu finished with a career-high 49 receptions for 677 yards and seven touchdowns in 2009 - leading the team and earning Ajirotutu second-team All-WAC honors from league coaches. He was also selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Analysis

Release: At least moderate initial quickness and use of hands to avoid the jam at the line of scrimmage against press coverage. Smooth acceleration downfield, but is a bit of a long-strider who doesn't get to top-end speed immediately. Rare timed speed for a player of his size.

Hands: Soft hands to pluck the ball outside of his frame. Good concentration to make the reception in traffic. Times his leaps well to catch passes over defenders. Can track the ball over either shoulder.

Route running: Can drop his hips and shows some burst out of his breaks to gain separation, but needs to be more consistent in this area. Too often rounds off his routes and relies on his size and speed advantages to get open. Good exterior threat for the deep ball.

After the catch: Build-up speed is enough to pull away from defenders once he has the ball in his hands, but he lacks the agility and explosive acceleration to elude if he's not hit in stride. Has to do a better job of securing the ball (lost two fumbles as a senior).

Blocking: Good size, strength and toughness as a blocker. Appears to take his role as a blocker seriously. Not afraid to work his way toward the action for the seal block on the linebacker. Good effort downfield to stalk and sustain.

Intangibles: Reliable performer with 34 career starts (in 40 games). Competitive player at his best in one-on-one situations - i.e. jump balls and blocking on the edge. No known off-field issues or injury concerns, other than the ankle injury which sidelined him for much of the 2006 season.

Career Notes

Has emerged as big-play threat and will contend for All-WAC honors as a senior … a great athlete with range and ability to stretch a defense … can go up and get deep balls … coming off his best season as a Bulldog … averaging 16.9 yards per receptions in his career (if he had enough receptions, would rank No. 5 among NCAA active players) … has shown a knack for making tough catches over the middle … wearing jersey No. 2, a number most recently worn by 2007 MVP and NFL Pro Bowl player Clifton Smith (Tampa Bay Bucs) and All-American Bernard Berrian (Minnesota Vikings).

2009 Season

Selected Second Team All-Western Athletic Conference in 2009 as voted on by the WAC head coaches. The Bulldogs leading receiver, Ajirotutu had 48 receptions for 671 yards and seven touchdowns.

2008 Season

Led the team in receiving with 714 yards, on 44 receptions … had five touchdowns including a season long reception of 77 yards against Rutgers … had seven receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns at Louisiana Tech … scored his first career touchdown against Idaho … ranked 10th in conference games for receiving yards per game at 52.5 yards a contest … ranked sixth overall in receiving yards per game at 59.5 … had three receptions for 116 yards against Rutgers.

2007 Season

Fourth on the team with 491 receiving yards in 12 games … Averaged 16.9 yards per game, best average on the team … had a season-high 76 yards against Kansas State … had a season-long 42 yard reception against Boise State.

2006 Season

Saw limited late season action due to an injury suffered in fall camp … finished the year with four receptions for 34 yards.

2005 Season

Sat out as a redshirt.

High School

Selected the Most Valuable Player on the Sacramento Bee All-Metro team after leading Oak Ridge to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship … caught 77 passes for 1,205 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior, leading all divisions in the San-Joaquin section … averaged 15.6 yards per catch … selected the Sierra Conference co-Defensive Player of the Year with 95 tackles, five interceptions and a blocked punt … selected first-team all-league as a defensive back as a junior after making 70 tackles and picked off five passes … had a monster game in the section championship against Del Oro with six receptions for 194 yards and three touchdowns, and at safety he made 15 tackles, eight of them solo … two-year varsity letterwinner … Cal-Hi Sports second-team all-state pick … first-team All-Nor Cal selection … also recruited by Boise State and UNLV.

Personal

Born June 12, 1987 … parents are Leke and Wilma Ajirotutu … has one brother, Toyin and one sister, Yemi … hobbies include playing video games … lists favorite athlete as Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson.

 
 
Latest News
03/19/2010 - PRO DAY RESULTS: Four other noteworthy prospects also performed for 30 team representatives outdoors on heavy grass. WR Seyi Ajirotutu (6-3, 204) ran 4.58 and 4.58 in the 40, had a 4.47 short shuttle and a 7.01 three-cone drill. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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