Cedric James Draft Analysis

Cedric James

Wide Receiver
199 pounds
Born 3/19/79



The range of opinions on most players varies, especially later in the draft. Here are snippets of information from various draft experts on the Vikings’ second fourth-round compensatory pick, wide receiver Cedric James:

Ourlads: "An impressive physical specimen. Tall. Lean but well-built with very long arms and huge hands. Played in a run-oriented offense geared around LaDainian Tomlinson — offered little production throughout his career, though he did show improvement as a senior … Shows the capacity to reach and adjust for the ball. Not a polished route runner. Primarily a deep threat. Long-strider with average cutting ability. Good kickoff return man — has good balance and the ability to shorten his steps in traffic. Very good blocker who can overpower smaller defenders. Keeps his feet moving on contact. Hustles downfield and is aggressive away from the play. Somewhat of a luxury pick type prospect whose high upside potential offsets to a large degree his lack of production."

Lone Star Football: Not rated in top 40.

Joel Buschbaum (PFW): "Great workout guy who looks the part. Strongest wide receiver in the program and looks like it. Can play like a really big man. Has a vertical jump of 40-plus inches, really long arms and huge hands. Was timed in the 4.4s on a very fast surface and can make the big play. Excellent special-teams player. Does a very nice job covering kicks. Very aggressive and physical. Plays wide receiver with the mentality of a linebacker. Likes to hit. Good blocker who will hustle downfield to help his running back … Flashes big-time receiving skills … Lacks consistency and savvy as a wide receiver. Drops too many. Has not really learned how to maximize his size and speed and play under control. Is not a really disciplined or instinctive route-runner. Gets too macho and physical at times and will take some dumb penalties trying to show how tough he is."


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