Photo of Ja'Wuan James
Drafted By: Dolphins
  • Round 1
  • Pick 19
  • Overall 19

Combine Results

5.76 ?
  • 5.34 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 29.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 103.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.42 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.56 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"He played right tackle, but can play guard. The more tape I watch of this kid, the more I like him. Obviously, Miami likes him better than Cyrus Kouandjio (of Alabama) or Xavier Su'a-Filo (of UCLA). Day 1 he's going to be a starter as Miami rebuilds that offensive line." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'6" Height
  • 35" Arm Length
  • 311LBS. Weight
  • 9 7/8" Hands


Prepped in Georgia. Enrolled in January 2010 and immediately took ownership of the right tackle position. Started all 49 games of his career (2010-13), setting a school record for career starts by an offensive lineman. Sprained his knee during Senior Bowl practice.



Outstanding size, girth and overall body mass. Good hand placement. Can steer and control blockers once he gets his hands on them. Very patient pass protector. Matches up very well vs. size and power (see Alabama). Battle-tested, experienced four-year starter in the SEC. Outstanding personal and football character. Very smart, mature and highly respected.


Raw footwork. Has a lot of heaviness in body and can improve sustain. Lumbers to the second level and struggles to cut off and adjust to moving targets. Does not roll off the ball with power and generate strength or movement in the run game.

Draft Projection

Rounds 2-3

Bottom Line

Big, strong, heavy pass protector with good balance, anchor strength and hand use to handle power and speed. Does not affect the run game the same way and almost appears more destined for the left side in the pros. Has instant-starter potential.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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.