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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Erasmus James

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 266 | College: Wisconsin
 
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Overview

Tall, lanky athlete who needs to add bulk and muscle tone to his frame. Has very good quickness off the edge, showing effective pass rush moves to escape the offensive tackle and pursue the play in the backfield.

While he is picking up the technological aspects of the game, he is still learning, as he is not quite as instinctive to blocking schemes as he should be.

Shows good hand usage to stack and shed with leverage and reach. Can string plays out and force the action back inside and shows very good wrap-up tackling technique. James struggles a bit to get good leverage vs. the larger blockers, but showed in 2004 that he could improve in this area with increased strength.

His burst off the edge makes him a player that offensive tackles must always account for. Will always give good effort and will not hesitate to make arm tackles in he can't get good position.

Very effective on stunts to the inside, as he has the hand quickness to make decent rush moves on the blocker. Needs to use his hands better to defeat low blocks, but improved in that area during 2004.

Shows good lower leg drive and power versus the run and has the lateral agility to work through trash and traffic to get to the ball. Has developed effective rip, swim and club moves to split double teams. Does a good job of stringing out plays and forcing the action back inside.

Shows suddenness working the inside stunts and uses his hands to slip off the offensive tackles coming off the edge. Has good timing and leaping ability to deflect passes at the line of scrimmage.

His hip injury in 2003 and other assorted ankle and knee problems will always be an issue. This could scare off a few teams. Needs to dedicate the bulk of his spare time to increasing his strength, but he proved in 2004 that he can be a difference maker, if he can stay healthy.

Injury Report

2002: Did not start against Michigan (11/12) as he was bothered by left knee tendonitis, but saw some playing time.

2003: Sat out the year after he injured his hip during the first week of summer drills (8/03).

2004: Missed the Northwestern game after he was forced to leave in the third quarter of the Purdue contest (10/16) with a left ankle sprain that resulted from a chop block. He returned to action vs. Minnesota (11/06), wearing a brace to protect his foot, but left at halftime. James continued to have problems with his ankle the rest of the year, missing several practices in the week leading up to the Outback Bowl contest vs. Georgia.

Track

Criminal Justice and Sociology major. … Son of Evrine James. … Born 11/04/82 in Saint Kitts. … Resides in Hollywood, Florida.

High School

4.75 in the 40-yard dash. … 325-pound bench press. … 600-pound squat. … 340-pound power clean. … 34.5-inch vertical jump. … 33 5/8-inch arm length. … 9 -inch hands. … Right-handed. … 15/37 Wonderlic score.

Personal

Attended McAarthur (Hollywood, Fla.) High, playing football as a senior for coach Keith Franklin. … First-team All-District and second-team All-Broward County choice, adding third-team All-State accolades on the gridiron. … Participated in the Dade vs. Broward All-Star Game and the Broward County North vs. South contest. … Named the school's outstanding defensive lineman. … Credited with 53 tackles, 23 stops for losses and 14 sacks in his senior year. … Also excelled in basketball.

 
 

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