Jeremiah: Tennessee OL Ja'Wuan James a 'nice surprise'


Mention Tennessee's offensive line from last season, and the first name that comes to mind is probably Antonio "Tiny" Richardson, the 6-foot-6, 327-pound left tackle whom many regarded as one of the SEC's elite offensive tackles.

But while analyzing tape on the Vols' line, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's eyes turned to the player on the other side of the line: right tackle Ja'Wuan James.

At 6-foot-6, 315 pounds, James nearly matches his more heralded former teammate in size and had an impressive showing last season when lined up against South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney, getting the better of the potential No. 1 overall pick on a few run blocks.

Before the Senior Bowl, NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt named James among five under-the-radar prospects to watch in Mobile. After looking impressive at Senior Bowl practices, James eventually pulled out because of an injury.

Brandt compared James to Tennessee Titans RT David Stewart because of his strength and toughness at the line, but noted that James might have trouble playing left tackle because he "doesn't have great feet."

Brandt went on to say that James has a shot at being a third-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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