| Height: 5’9 | Weight: 185 Pounds| Oregon | Junior |Running back|
· Height: 5’9” to 6’2”
· Weight: 190 – 230 pounds
· Speed: 40 yard dash—Faster than 4.6 seconds
· Run Instincts – James is a naturally instinctive runner with the vision to consistently find the right hole. He has good natural flexibility and has shown the ability to lower his shoulders and run with good body lean.
· Elusiveness – He has quick feet and agility that helps him to stop and start quickly to avoid defenders out in space. He has very good shake and juke ability to make defenders miss in the backfield and out in space.
· Cutback Ability – He has the ability to change directions very fast because of real good foot quickness and it helps him to make sharp cut backs then get thru the hole quickly. He follows his blockers well then uses his vision to find the cut back lane and get thru very quickly.
· Inside Running – James likes the size and playing strength to consistently break tackles, but can weave and slide thru traffic effectively. He is not an every down runner because of lack of power and body build. He is not a power back and want get you extra yardage after initial contact on a consistent basis.
· Outside Running – He is exceptional at attacking the perimeter with his foot quicks and speed. He was probably the most dangerous open field runner in college football the last couple years. He consistently gets outside and makes big plays once he turns the corner and gets into the open field.
· Receiving/Hands – He has very good receiving hands and catches the ball out of the air then secures it well. He was not asked to run passing routes much, but when he did get opportunities he made positive plays. He would be a great weapon for a team who featured screens and used a spread offense with one running back.
· Yards After Catch/Contact – He does not have the power or strength to break tackles consistently, but is a smart elusive runner after the catch who follows his blockers well. He has the speed and burst once he clears the traffic to take the ball to the end zone.
· Pass Blocking – James gives good effort at keeping his man from pressuring his QB, but lacks the size and strength to hold the defender up consistently. He needs better technique work at the pro level.
v Strengths: James is a good athlete who competes on every snap. He was perhaps the most dangerous runner in college football at attacking the perimeter because of his speed, elusiveness, and foot quickness. He is able to start and stop very quickly then accelerate to top speed fast. He is a true homerun threat every time he touches the ball. He has very good vision to find cutback lanes and bursts thru consistently.
v Weaknesses: He lacks the size, playing strength, and power to consistently get the tough yards on short yardage situations. He does not always get good leverage or runs with pad level low to move the pile or drag a defender on inside running plays. He struggles sometimes in pass protection keeping his man from pressuring the QB by using bad techniques.
v Summary: James was a consistent and productive running back from day one at the University of Oregon. In three years he totaled 4,923 yards rushing with 52 rushing touchdowns. He is an explosive runner and is capable of taking the ball the distance every time he touches it. He is aggressive at attacking the outsides and cutback lanes. He maybe small in stature but plays with a big heart. He does not have the size to be an every down back in the NFL, but he brings a competitive attitude each game. Overall, In time James could have an impact on a NFL team the same as ex-Eagles running back Brian Westbrook did with their comparable styles.