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2015 NFL DRAFT

Jawuan James, OT

School: Tennessee  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Suwanee, GA
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 311 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
3861-2

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.263.001.8622 298'7"4.567.42
Workout Results
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Washington Redskins | #2
    An undersized offensive line was pushed around too often a year ago with RT Tyler Polumbus weaker than most. James, a four-year starter, would be a relatively safe pick who could help immediately.
  • Miami Dolphins | #18
    The player I almost gave to Miami in the first round, they're able to land here in the second round.
  • Detroit Lions | #45
    The right tackle spot needs upgrading.
  • No Analysis Available
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Surprisingly quick off the snap, showing the ability to slide to protect the edge against the variety of speed rushers he has faced in the SEC. Plays on the balls of his feet but with his knees bent and his butt down, putting him good position to shuffle laterally as well as anchor against a quality bull-rush. Surprisingly light feet also stand out while run-blocking, as does his competitive spirit.

Powerful at the point of attack and can drive defenders off the ball. Not shy about peeling off of them to target would-be tacklers at the second level, as well. A plug and play candidate, James looks like a solid bet to crack the first 100 picks of the 2014 draft.

WEAKNESSES: Like most blockers with his frame, James occasionally struggles with pad level. When he drops his head, he can be beaten with a swim move over the top. This occurs most often while run blocking.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

With a school-record 49 consecutive starts for the Volunteers, James is more fundamentally sound than talented junior left tackle Antonio "Tiny" Richardson and offers a similar package of size and athleticism.

James' get-it-done attitude is reflected by a career that began as a starter when he arrived in 2010. Forty-nine games, 49 starts and one Bachelor's Degree later (December 2013), he is ready to take his study on the Arts and Sciences to the NFL. But it will be his size, strength and lateral quickness that serve him well at the next level. Seems to make pre-snap reads well but sometimes misses stunts.

James has the mentality and physicality to step in and perform immediately in the NFL. He was impressive at Senior Bowl before spraining knee, but was fine at his April Pro Day.

ANALYSYS

STRENGTHS: Alert and comfortable at right tackle. Recognizes stunts and line games. Surprising initial quickness, lateral agility and flexibility for his monstrous frame. Powerful and competitive with grit to knock defenders off the ball and continue downfield. Plays to dominate one-on-one battles, letting his hands to the work with good body control. Can slide to protect the edge against the variety of speed rushers faced in the SEC. Technically sound, maintains position to mirror. Surprisingly light feet, natural power and quickness off the ball. Could play guard.

WEAKNESSES: Because of his massive frame, pad level is a constant battle. Drops his head when run blocking, an easy target for swim moves. Gets over his feet when on the run, "brushing" opponents to maintain course downfield.

--ROB RANG

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 1/19 - Ja'Wuan James, RT, 6-6, 311, Tennessee...The Dolphins needed a right tackle and James, a long-armed, athletic player, seems to fit the criteria for the Dolphins' zone blocking scheme. James will be expected to start immediately. He started 49 consecutive games at Tennessee, which suggests he's durable. The Dolphins had the option of trading down and still getting James later in the first round but they said he was the best player on their draft board, not just the best right tackle on their draft board. - The Sports Xchange
 

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