2015 NFL DRAFT

Jesse James, TE

School: Penn State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Glassport, PA
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 261 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
11753-4

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.832.851.7226 37 1/210'1"4.507.53
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.692.781.69- ----

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Underutilized with a diverse skill set to help any NFL team. Good enough speed to present a threat down the seam. Makes the tough catch in traffic without fear. Keeps his feet chopping on contact as a blocker and understands angles and cutback lanes well enough to move and be a second tight end or H-back. Flashes soft hands. Similar in build and skill set to Bills tight end Scott Chandler.

WEAKNESSES: Too often fights the ball. Lacks the burst to be a threat after the catch. Below-average production in college and was invisible in the passing game too often. Limited ability to separate. Post-up receiver whose greatest edge is his height, reach. No wiggle with the ball. Unspectacular overall prospect.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

An impactful player since his freshman season at Penn State, it was a surprise to scouts when James opted to enter the 2015 draft. He had 78 career receptions, 1,005 yards and 11 touchdowns in three seasons.

James is a well-rounded tight end who became a security blanket for the quarterback with his versatility as a slot receiver and inline tight end. He can effectively play on all three downs with many attributes that will be coveted by NFL evaluators. With his size and firm grasp of blocking principles, James has just one major lingering question - consistency.

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01/05/2015 - Jesse James to Enter 2015 NFL Draft...Owns Penn State Tight End Record With 11 Career Touchdown Catches...Junior tight end Jesse James (Glassport) will forgo his final year of eligibility with Penn State and enter the 2015 NFL Draft. The 2014 All-Big Ten honorable mention selection started every game the past two seasons and 31 contests in his career. "After serious consideration and much discussion with my family, teammates and coaches, I have opted to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft," James said. "Competing on Sundays has always been my dream and I believe the time to pursue this dream is now. This was an extremely difficult decision to make--my time at Penn State has been amazing and unforgettable. I would like to thank Penn State University, Coach (James) Franklin, Coach (John) Donovan; along with everyone on our incredible coaching staff.

"I want to personally thank my teammates for the memories and lifelong friendships that we have created together. I would especially like to thank the Penn State fans who have stood by us and have provided unconditional support for our team. I will never forget the remarkable experiences that we've shared. We Are!" "We want to thank Jesse for all he's done at Penn State and wish him all the best in the NFL," Penn State head coach James Franklin said. "Jesse has been a big contributor for the program on and off the field and we're looking forward to watching him at the next level." A true junior, James leaves Penn State with 11 career touchdown receptions, breaking a tie with College Football Hall of Fame inductee Ted Kwalick against Maryland this past November for the school record by a tight end. - Penn State football

 

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