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Oregon's LaMichael James off to the NFL

Posted on: January 6, 2012 7:51 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2012 7:56 pm
 
And then there was one.

With Oregon's LaMichael James confirming Friday that he's forgoing his final year of eligibility, only Alabama's Trent Richardson remains among elite running backs yet to declare their intentions for the 2012 NFL Draft.

James followed Virginia Tech's David Wilson and Temple's Bernard Pierce in announcing Friday that they intend to enter this year's draft.

"My experience at the University of Oregon has been one unlike any other, and one I will never forget," James said. "I am grateful for the people I have met, the things I have learned, and the amazing community I have had the privilege of being a part of over the last three-and-a-half years."

James rushed for 1,805 yards and scored 18 touchdowns this season, and concluded his college career with 159 yards in Oregon's 45-38 victory over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

The question with James will be his 5-foot-9, 185-pound frame and what role teams believe he can play in the NFL. He's sixth among running backs and No. 80 overall among prospects for the 2012 draft, according to ratings by NFL DraftScout.com.

However, there will be teams that covet his ability to use a low center of gravity, quickness and acceleration to produce explosive plays on the ground and as a potential return man. He has drawn comparisons to successful former NFL backs including Warrick Dunn and Brian Westbrook. Rob Rang compared him to another undersized back in this Week 11 Breakdown. 

"I am 100 percent behind LaMichael," Oregon coach Chip Kelly said. "He is a very special person and certainly will be remembered as one of the very best players ever to wear a uniform at the University of Oregon. It has been a pleasure to coach him for the four seasons he has been here and is comforting to know that he will obtain his degree this spring. I could not have asked anymore from him and I am confident he will be a success at the next level."

James joins Wilson, Pierce, Miami's Lamar Miller, Washington's Chris Polk and San Diego State's Ronnie Hillman in announcing they will forgo their remaining eligibility - Miller and Hillman are redshirt sophomores.

Assuming Richardson joins in on the fun, as expected, running back is shaping up as the 2012 draft's deepest position.


Comments

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:32 pm
 

Oregon's LaMichael James off to the NFL

This guy will be a bargain in the 2nd round and a complete steal if he falls into the 3rd.  You can't teach two things:  Size or Speed, and speed kills.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2012 3:14 am
 

Oregon's LaMichael James off to the NFL

my bad, you're right.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:14 pm
 

Oregon's LaMichael James off to the NFL

Rodgers went to oregon st...



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:14 am
 

Oregon's LaMichael James off to the NFL

He is easily the best running back at oregon in their history.

That's pretty big praise. Quite a few good RBs have come out of Oregon the last 20 years. You'd put him ahead of Jonathon Stewart? I wouldn't. If Stewart didn't always play with a nagging toe or knee or ankle injury, he'd be an elite back. In college, he was the perfect speed/power blend, with great moves and vision. Anyhow, that said, James is a nice back. Jazquizz Rodgers didn't get much opportunity, but James is supposed to be better and he might land in a good situation with a team like, say, Seattle or SD or especially Green Bay or TB where he gets 10 - 15 touches a game. Can he catch?



Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:04 pm
 

Oregon's LaMichael James off to the NFL

What he lacks in size he will make up for in speed. He is stronger than most think and will make a good if not excellent back in the NFL. He is easily the best running back at oregon in their history. It may not translate to the NFL, but it just might. He can flat out fly, but his legs can bust tackles. He is better than looks, a draft day sleeper no doubt.


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Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:45 am
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Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:35 am
 

Oregon's LaMichael James off to the NFL

Another season to master added bulk to that frame would be a wise decision.



Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 1:42 am
 

Oregon's LaMichael James off to the NFL

Another Oregon RB that will be an absolute steal.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:11 am
 

Oregon's LaMichael James off to the NFL

this is a mistake. he is the guy gets all excited, believes the press clipping. he does not understandhow big and how fast those nfl guys are. the system wont protect him on sundays. ihope not, buthe will probably get hurt. 



Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:02 pm
 

Oregon's LaMichael James off to the NFL

James has 3rd down back written all over him. Best case scenario is he turns into a Sproles type role.  


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