RICHIE JAMES

Middle Tennessee St.
WR

Prospect Info

College
Middle Tennessee St.
Hometown
Class
Sarasota, FL
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 10"
183 lbs
31 1/4”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.44
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.48
Seconds
 
Bench Press
6
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
35.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
122.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.87
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.16
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.44
Seconds
 
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While James lacks great size, he's an electric athlete and strong-minded runner with the ball. He played quarterback as a high school senior, earning honorable mention Florida all-state honors, but switched back to receiver (49 receptions, 727 yards, seven touchdowns as a high school junior) during his redshirt season in Murfreesboro. James starred in 2015, receiving first-team Freshman All-American and first-team All-Conference USA notice with 108 receptions (ranked third nationally) and 1,346 yards and eight touchdowns (he also had 12 carries, 146 yards and a rushing touchdown). His sophomore season was even better, covering 1,625 yards and scoring 12 times while again garnering first-team all-conference honors (38 carries, 339 yards and four touchdowns rushing). James was also the Hawai'i Bowl MVP despite the Blue Raiders' loss because of his 201 yards of offense (162 receiving, 39 rushing) and 51-yard touchdown. His junior season was cut short in October 2017 because of a broken collarbone (31 receptions, 290 yards, three receiving touchdowns; 10 carries, 57 yards rushing, seven attempts and 37 yards on punt returns), but James still finished as the school's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 5-6
NFL Comparison
De'Anthony Thomas
Overview
Undersized slot option with good foot quickness and consistent play speed, but lacking in polish and strength. While James is more reliant upon his athleticism than his route acumen, he does have the suddenness to gain instant separation in tight quarters. James plays with good toughness but has to prove his 2017 injuries were a fluke. James lacks size and his focus as a pass-catcher is very average, but he does have talent that could be developed with more time.
Strengths
  • Competitive personality on the field
  • Took on heavy workload and produced results as pass-catcher and wildcat quarterback in 2016
  • Gets out of the blocks in a flash off snap
  • Plays with rapid-fire foot quickness to work around early pressure
  • Able to plant and make lateral slide around defensive backs and tacklers
  • Able to uncover on first and second levels
  • Can be very shifty at the route stem
  • Has separation quickness to create throwing windows out of breaks
  • Talented runner with ball in his hands
  • Willing to look up and engage corners and safeties as run blocker in space
Weaknesses
  • Lacks NFL size
  • Thin frame broke down this season
  • Played just five games due to ankle injury and broken collarbone
  • Play strength is below average
  • Plays with good quickness but routes lack polish
  • Needs better elusiveness at the top of his routes
  • Too upright in breaks and stems allowing defenders to get hands on him
  • Lacks focus and catch radius to consistently pluck throws outside his frame
  • Has frequent bouts with balance even when untouched
  • Athletic but still raw
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GRADE
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