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
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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

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 38/6. JaWuan James, OT, Tennessee, 6-6, 311, 5.26, 1-2...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. Frankly: 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. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on the Baltimore Ravens' draft radar: OT Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee: While Michael Oher may not have lived up to his incredible pre-draft hype but now that he'll be manning the right tackle position for the Titans rather than the Ravens, his length and strength in the running game could be missed. The Ravens could see James, a four-year starter for the Vols, as a similar prospect to Oher, capable of providing Flacco with a clean pocket and using his long arms and natural power to drive defenders off the line of scrimmage, as well as release to the second level in the screen game. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Offensive Line: JaWuan James, Tennessee, 6-6, 311, 5.34...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. Frankly: 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. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/15/2014 - Five players who should be on the Seattle Seahawks' draft radar: OT Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee: Seattle received quality play from seventh round offensive tackle Michael Bowie a year ago and may feel confident that he'll take over for Giacomini. James, a four-year starter with the size (6-foot-6, 311) and athleticism to fit in nicely in Tom Cable's scheme, would make a lot of sense if still on the board with the final pick of the second round. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/04/2014 - 2014 Pro Days: Offensive linemen draw a crowd at Tennessee...Senior right tackle Ja'Waun James was the most impressive of the bunch, according to the scout. While he elected to stand on his Combine numbers, the 49-game starter looked "very fluid" during his positional workout, demonstrating excellent knee bend and quickness out of his stance. James has shown a tendency to step up under the bright lights before as he impressed at the Senior Bowl. Though they haven't received nearly the fanfare as their outside brethren, interior linemen James Stone, Zach Fulton and Alex Bullard also posted strong positional workouts, I'm told. Stone and Fulton currently rank as potential day three selections on NFLDraftScout.com's board. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/04/2014 - Week 5 Pro Day Takeaways: Clowney sails, Henderson bails...2. Tennessee offensive line trying to make history...Scouts make up the vast majority of the NFL personnel who attend Pro Day workouts so when positional coaches cut into their limited off-season to evaluate college players, it is worth noting. Offensive line coaches from eight different teams made their way to Knoxville on Wednesday to put an extraordinary group of blockers through the workout. While junior left tackle Antonio Richardson has received the most fanfare, it was senior right tackle Ju'Wuan James who turned in the best workout, demonstrating the impressive fluidity and balance which helped him start all 49 games of his collegiate career.

Interior linemen James Stone and Zach Fulton also performed well, likely assuring that they too will be drafted, perhaps as early as the middle rounds. The last time four offensive linemen were drafted from one school was in 2003 when former Notre Dame center Jeff Faine was selected in the first round by Cleveland and the Chiefs, Bucs and Packers invested late round selections in Jordan Black, Sean Mahan and Brennan Curtin, respectively. Alex Bullard, ironically enough a Notre Dame transfer, wasn't as impressive during his Pro Day workout but the versatile interior lineman also could get a late round sniff. Nebraska saw all five of its starting offensive line get drafted into the NFL in 1975. Of course, the NFL draft at that time was 17 rounds. The first Cornhusker blocker drafted that year was tackle Mark Doak, selected in the sixth round by the Redskins. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/21/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl: 10 observations from Monday's South practice...4. Tennessee right tackle Ju'Wuan James hasn't received a lot of fanfare but he is a smooth athlete at 6-foot-6, 315 pounds. He was beaten on occasion but plays with terrific knee bend and got to the second level during scrimmages. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/11/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM: OL - Ja'Waun James, Tennessee, 6-6, 316, Sr,...Over the course of the season, the Vols offensive line helped UT to five 200-yard rushing games and a 1,000-yard rusher in Rajion Neal, the first 1,000 yard rusher since Poole in 2010. James started all 49 games of his college career, all at right tackle. With 49 starts, the Suwanee, Ga., native set the record for career starts by an offensive lineman in Tennessee history, passing Jeff Smith (48). His 49 games played, stands second to former teammate and 2013 Senior Bowl invitee Dallas Thomas (50) for most games played on the offensive line at Tennessee. - Tennessee football

12/02/2013 - WEEK 14 SEC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee...James played his final game in a Tennessee uniform by setting the school record with his 49th start on the offensive line...All 49 of James' starts were consecutive and encompassed every game of his UT career since setting foot on campus as a true freshman...The Vols defeated Kentucky, 27-14, recording their fifth 200-yard rushing game of the season, the most for Tennessee since 2004. - SEC football

08/29/2013 - TOP TENNESSEE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. OT Ja'Wuan James (6-6, 324, 5.28)...Richardson may boast the highest upside of Tennessee's NFL prospects but the best player on the team at this point is arguably the veteran playing opposite him at right tackle. James signed with the Vols as a highly regarded prep in 2010 and has done nothing but prove worthy of his hype since, starting all 37 games of his career at the strongside tackle position. His comfort at right tackle is obvious as he quickly recognizes stunts, showing surprisingly initial quickness, lateral agility and flexibility despite his monstrous frame. He is light on his feet and keeps his knees bent, playing with very good balance for a man of his size.

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. He is powerful and competitive, showing the grit to knock defenders off the ball at the line of scrimmage while keeping an eye on potential targets downfield. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/28/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: OL Ja'Wuan James gave the Vols a huge boost when he decided to return for his senior year even though he probably would have been a fairly coveted draft pick. He'll be one of the linchpins of a veteran offensive line that should be a strength for Tennessee. - The Sports Xchange

08/26/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): OL - Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee,...Started all 37 games of college career, all at right tackle...Vols have had five games with 500-plus yards of total offense, the most since posting six in 1997...Helped offense to 475.9 yards per game (20th in NCAA), 315.6 yards of passing offense (15th in NCAA), just eight sacks allowed (0.67 per game/fourth in NCAA). - Tennessee football

07/25/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): OL - Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee (50)...The Vols offensive line, helped pave the way for an offense that averaged 477.6 yards per game and allowed just seven sacks, the second fewest in the NCAA in 2012. The front has accumulated a plethora of preseason honors including the ranking of the No. 2 overall offensive line in the nation and best in the SEC from Lindy's and Athlon Sports. - Tennessee football

07/17/2013 - 2013 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST: Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee, OT...This marks the third straight season that a Vol has been named to the Outland Trophy Watch List as Dallas Thomas earned the honor last season and Malik Jackson was named in 2011. On the offensive line, James and Antonio Richardson helped pave the way for a Vol offense that averaged 477.6 yards per game and allowed just seven sacks, the second fewest in the NCAA. The duo has accumulated a plethora of preseason honors including the ranking of the No. 2 overall offensive line in the nation and best in the SEC from Lindy's and Athlon Sports. - Tennessee football

 
Player News
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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