Photo of Mike James
Drafted By: Buccaneers

Combine Results

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  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'10" Height
  • 31 5/8" Arm Length
  • 223LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands


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.



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.


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.
Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.