Named to first-team All-Pac-10, a 2010 All-American and recipient of the Doak Walker Award (presented to the top college running back), James certainly enjoyed a decorated collegiate career.
Projected to fly off the draft board between the second and third rounds, most mock drafts fail to list James among the top-5 running backs in his draft class. Scouting experts claim that James is best served as a scat back due to his elusive running style.
While James may not fit the mold of a feature back, the former Oregon Duck could flourish as a speedy compliment to the New York Jets battering ram Shonn Greene. Free agent LaDanian Tomlinson is unlikely to return to Gang Green and could possibly hang up the football cleats for good.
The Jets are in dire need of finding a replacement for Tomlinson's production, not only as a ball carrier, but as a pass-catching back capable of producing plenty of all purpose yardage. James, who has the makings of Darren Sproles 2.0, showcased his world class speed and agility at the NFL's Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
His official 40-yard dash time of 4.45 was 0.02 seconds faster than Sproles ran at the 2005 combine. James is gearing up for his pro day being held at Oregon on March 15.
Selected in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL draft (130th overall), Sproles' game-breaking speed and electrifying play has general managers bemoaning the day they passed up on the diminutive back. Sproles' breathtaking five-year career is a shining example of the monstrous impact a small back can have in the NFL.
LaMichael James is on general manager's radar across the league and is looking to prove his supreme talents at the next level.
While James' exact draft position remains uncertain, if the speedster is still on the board when the Jets are on the clock, he could be a potential fit in New York.
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.comblog comments powered by Disqus