RB LaMICHAEL JAMES -OREGON – 5-8, 194
Junior. Elite offensive weapon in Oregon’s spread attack. Ran for 5,082 yards and 53 TDs in just 37 games. Amazing production. Doesn’t project to being a starting RB in the NFL because he lacks ideal size at just 5’8, 194. Could be an outstanding role player.
Odd prospect because he’s not as fast or explosive as you’d expect, but is tougher and stronger than you think. Doesn’t go down on first contact. Isn’t just an outside runner. Comfortable between the tackles. Might remind you of Charlie Garner. Weaves through traffic. Uses size to his advantage at times. Makes himself small when running inside. That cuts down on the hits he takes. Has pretty good feet. Doesn’t make dynamic cuts or explosive moves, but is agile enough to make defenders miss. Ran 4.45 at the Combine. That’s good, but hardly special for a 194-pound RB. Struggled in the season opener against LSU. That defense has speed and athletes and made James look pedestrian. He was just 18-54-1. Was a workhorse for the Ducks. Had 14 career games of 25 or more carries. Suffered a serious elbow injury in 2011 and there was talk he might be done for the year, but James missed only 2 games. Good receiver. 51-568-4 at Oregon. Looked good in the pass catching drills at the Combine. Had a good overall workout. Showed what teams want – the ability to be a change of pace/3rd down back. Can be a RS. Has some PR experience at Oregon (14-137-1). Must show NFL teams he can be a functional pass blocker. Won’t lack effort, but his size will be an issue.
Probably goes in the 3rd round.