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James Davis (RB)
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 218
College: Clemson
Conference: ACC
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
High School: Douglass
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Selected by: Cleveland Browns
Round: 6
Pick (Overall): 22 (195)
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Pick Analysis: Davis was a hot prospect after his junior year but struggled somewhat in his senior campaign. Those setbacks were reflected in Clemson's performance as a whole, as the Tigers went through a disappointing season. Davis has speed and will provide the Browns with a speed option to go along with Jamal Lewis' brute force.
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Overview

Davis earned a second-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee in 2007 after rushing for more than 3,000 yards and 36 touchdowns over his first three years at Clemson. But the two-time first-team All-ACC pick elected to return for his senior season, again showing a player's stock doesn't always increase by returning to school. He rushed for only 751 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2008; still, Davis flashed the speed, power and aggression to run over defenders to be a fine NFL back in his limited chances behind a struggling quarterback and offensive line. In the right system, he could contribute immediately. Had an arm span of 30 1/2 inches and a hand span of 10 inches at the combine.


High School

Rushed for 2,389 yards and 28 touchdowns on 350 carries as a senior at Douglass High...rushed for 300 yards or more in two games as a senior...rushed for 7,339 yards and 80 touchdowns in his career...#42 player in the nation, #7 running back in the nation, and #16 player in Georgia by Rivals.com...SuperPrep Dixie team pick as the #4 prospect in Georgia...Georgia North/South game co-MVP; scored the only touchdown to lead the North to victory...#17 running back in the nation by ESPN.com...#17 running back in the nation by CollegeFootballNews.com...honorable mention All-Southern team by Orlando Sentinel...team captain as a senior...received the Golden Helmet Award as the team MVP...SuperPrep All-American as the #24 running back in the nation; listed #26 by Scout.com...#56 player in the southeast by SuperPrep...AAAAA all-state by Atlanta Constitution as a senior...honorable mention AAAAA all-state as a junior...coached by Gary Cantrell...chose Clemson over Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana State, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech...born Jan. 1, 1986...majoring in sociology.


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Analysis

Positives: Tight skinned athlete with good overall musculature. Good all-around athleticism. Quick to the hole. Good lateral quickness to make defenders miss in the open field. Can stop and start to elude defenders and is a threat to gain big yardage every time he touches the ball. Not a bullish runner, but has good lower leg drive and is at his best when he gets significant carries. Flashes explosiveness and can run through tackles. Secure ball handler.


Negatives: Characterized as the "Thunder" in Clemson's "Thunder and Lightning" combo of he and C.J. Spiller, but isn't necessarily a strong interior runner. Effective interior downhill runner and will bowl over the occasional unsuspecting defender, but lacks the explosive power to gain the tough yards after contact. Only marginal production as a receiver, but shows the hands and body control to be productive in this area. Lacked effort and technique as a pass blocker and really struggled in this area during the Senior Bowl. Missed most of the 2008 spring recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.


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