Photo of Mike James
Grade
52.0 ?
  • 4.53 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 115.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 4.62 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 5'10" Height
  • 31 5/8" Arm Length
  • 223LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands

Overview

Coming out of high school, James was listed as the No. 21 overall running back in the nation by Rivals. James rushed 198 times for 1,108 yards with 15 touchdowns as junior and had four receiving touchdowns. He ran for 1,300 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns as senior while also returning punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns.



As a freshman, James played in all 13 of Miami’s games, mainly serving as the fullback. He registered 15 carries for 46 yards and 1 touchdown. As a sophomore, James once again played in all 13 games, earning one start at kick returner, one at fullback, and one at running back. James carried the ball 70 times for 398 yards. He ran for three scores, and caught one more. In his junior season, he participated in all 12 games, while earning two starts. He was the team’s second running back behind current Miami Dolphin Lamar Miller. He had 275 rushing yards, seven receiving touchdowns, and one touchdown reception.



As a senior, James was the lead running back for Miami, although he shared carries, mainly with freshman Duke Johnson. James logged 147 carries, in which he gained 621 yards and six touchdowns. He also caught 30 passes for 344 yards and three touchdowns.

Analysis

Strengths

Powerful build, with a thick lower half. Runs behind his pads, and keeps his legs churning on contact. Fights for the extra yard, often falls forward. Tough to bring down with arm tackles. Patient runner, always his blocks to develop. Light feet, and surprising agility. Runs with balance. Good blocker, can contribute on special teams.

Weaknesses

Not a burner, won't break off many big runs. Initial explosiveness is only average. Vision isn't great, fill miss open running lanes. Will find himself on his tippy-toes dancing in the backfield too much for a runner of his size.

NFL Comparison

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

Bottom Line

James has displayed great versatility throughout his career as a Hurricane. Has had success with different running concepts. He has a good build, runs hard, blocks well, and has shown a willingness to play, and contribute on a special teams unit. While he lacks elite athletic tools, he looks like a very solid running back who will make a roster, and possibly contribute much more as a Day 3 pick.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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