Erasmus James School: Wisconsin
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 266 40: 4.85 Year: 5Sr
Bio: Three-year starter coming off a breakout
senior campaign. Big Ten Defensive Player of
the Year after posting 36/11.5/8. Sat out the 2003
campaign with a hip injury after posting 57/8/4
the prior year.
Positives: Excellent athlete making a
big move up draft boards. Quick off the snap,
plays low with leverage and immediately alters
his angle of attack. Fluid moving up and down
the line of scrimmage, redirects to the action
and displays great range. Rarely off his feet and
collapses outside-in to defend the run. Plays with
excellent balance, fast off the edge and effective
dropped off the line of scrimmage. Good
speed to the sidelines and always working to
get involved in the action. Solid hand technique
Negatives: Handled at the point by
a single blocker and has difficulty if opponents
run straight at him.
Analysis: A disruptive
force who opponents game-plan around,
James combines athletic skills with intensity
to force the action up the field. Answered a
lot of questions last year and has gone from
a possible first-day pick to a potential top-15
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