2017 NFL Draft

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James Kilian

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 218 | College: Tulsa
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Positives … Tall, mobile passer with a developing frame that can carry additional bulk with no loss in quickness … Effective scrambler who is strong in the pocket and very difficult to bring down … Has the body control to pass while rolling out of the pocket and shows fine quickness driving away from the center … Throws the short passes with touch … Drills the ball in a seam and scans the field to quickly spot his alternate receivers … Can freeze pass rushers with his moves, showing impressive elusiveness … Good ball handler and faker with the ability to make the initial tacklers miss … Holds the ball chest-high and can easily step up and avoid the rush … Has adequate timing and anticipation in the short range passing game … Plays with poise and can read progressions … Good improviser who can make things happen with his feet when the play breaks down … His mobility allows him to buy extra time for his targets to get open.

Negatives … Needs to improve his mechanics, as he has a long delivery … Slow and choppy in his setup, throwing with a hitch from his five-step drop and needs to step into his throws … On deep tosses, he will either bounce the ball to the receiver or make his target work back for the ball … Can slide and buy time with his feet, but looks to run mostly when under pressure … Needs to do a better job of spotting the wide rush and stepping up … Will hurry his passes and put them up for grabs when the pocket collapses and the lanes are not open to run with the ball … Needs to improve his timing routes, as he throws late and lacks velocity and accuracy on the ball.

2004 Season

All-Western Athletic Conference second-team choice … Started every game, completing 188 of 331 passes (56.8%) for 2217 yards, 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions … Ran for 605 yards (second on the team) on 133 carries (4.5 avg) and seven scores … Gained 2822 yards in total offense, an average of 217.1 yards per game.

2003 GAME Analysis

Minnesota … Ran for a 1-yard score and gained 171 yards on 18 of 32 throws.

Texas State … Rushed ten times for 90 yards and a 1-yard touchdown and hit on 15 of 24 passes for 244 yards and three scores, including 6 & 37-yarders to Garrett Mills.

Arkansas State … Totaled 51 yards on eight carries and 180 yards on 12 of 22 tosses with three touchdowns, including a 54-yarder to Montiese Culton and a 53-yarder to Romby Bryant.

Hawaii … Collected 115 yards on 18 runs and 106 yards with a score on 12 of 26 passes.

Southern Methodist … Threw for a career-high five touchdowns on 10 of 17 attempts for 177 yards and an interception … Also gained 69 yards on seven rushes.

Texas-El Paso … Named WAC Player of the Week after carrying 14 times for 121 yards and three touchdowns and completing 15 of 22 passes for 219 yards and a pair of scores, including a 54-yarder to Bryant.

Rice … Hit on 18 of 30 attempts for 195 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Louisiana Tech … Had three touchdowns and one interception as he amassed 241 yards on 20 of 31 passes and scored twice on 11 carries for 32 yards.

2003 Season

Played in six games, starting vs. Fresno State … Completed 22 of 52 passes (42.3%) for 208 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions … Carried 23 times for 86 yards (3.7 avg) and two scores … Named to the Academic All-Western Athletic Conference team.


Completed 2-of-2 passes for 24 yards vs. Hawaii, and his only carry in that game produced a five-yard touchdown … Threw for 91 yards and one touchdown vs. Rice, while rushing for 28 yards and one score … Completed 10 passes for 82 yards and rushed 10 times for 37 yards in his lone start vs. Fresno State, leading the Hurricanes on a 19-play, 77-yard touch-down drive that took 9:57 to open the second half.

2002 Season

Academic All-WAC choice … Played in seven games, making his first collegiate start in the season finale vs. Louisiana Tech … Completed 16 of 38 throws (42.1%) for 193 yards, no touchdowns and one interception … Gained 110 yards with two scores on 23 carries (4.8 avg).


Had five carries for 44 yards and one touchdown vs. Indiana State … Completed 7-of-11 passes for 72 yards, while rushing for 32 yards on five attempts vs. Southern Methodist … Had a season-long 44-yard pass vs. Hawaii.

2001 Season

Was one of several freshmen to sit out due to redshirt status.

Injury Report

No injury report available.


History/Education major … Brother, Justin, played football at Fort Hays State in Kansas and his sister, Jackie, played basketball at Pan American University … Member of the Fellow-ship of Christian Athletes … Selected to the school's Ultimate Team in 2003-04, which is based on community service, campus involvement, and academic and athletic success …

Son of Jim and Margaret Kilian … Born 10/24/80 in Caldwell, Kansas … Resides in Medford, Oklahoma.

High School

CAMPUS: 4.87 in the 40-yard dash (into the wind) … 5.04 40-yard dash (against the wind) … 4.21 20-yard shuttle … 11.24 60-yard shuttle … 6.68 three-cone drill … 35-inch vertical jump … 10'0" broad jump … 23/42 Wonderlic score.


Attended Medford (Okla.) High School, where he compiled a mark of 46-8 during his four-year career … Named to the Tulsa World Blue-Chip list and set the national record for eight-man football and Oklahoma all-class records with 8,426 yards and 120 touchdowns over four varsity seasons … Also rushed for 2,623 yards, scored 45 times and set a national eight-man record for total offense with 11,049 yards … Led his team to a 14-0 record and state title and was named to the Oklahoma Associated Press High School Football team as a senior, throwing for 2,408 yards and 43 touchdowns in leading his team to the Class C Championship … Also rushed for 662 yards and 12 scores on 101 carries his senior campaign … Threw for 1,940 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior, and 2,502 yards and 27 touchdowns his sophomore season … Also lettered four years each in baseball, basketball and track … All-State selection in basketball his senior season … His football coach was Chuck Goodner.


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