2012 NFL Draft: 5 Potential Landing Spots for Oregon RB LaMichael James

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2012 NFL Draft: 5 Potential Landing Spots for Oregon RB LaMichael James
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LaMichael James rewrote the record books during his time at the University of Oregon.

He had 26 games of over 100 yards rushing and seven with over 200—which are both school records. He is Oregon's career leader in all-purpose yards with 5,869. He set the career rushing record at 5,082 which also placed him second in conference history.

He decided to forgo his final season at Oregon and enter the NFL draft.

Mel Kiper Jr. projects James to be a second or third-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft, but notes that he needs to prove himself strong enough to play in the league.

He says that while James is more "quick" than "fast," once he is in space, he can make people miss. During his senior campaign that ended in a Rose Bowl victory, he increased his value by becoming more of a receiver and returned punts as well.

He did all of this while still averaging 150 rushing yards per game.

He is definitely a change of pace back that can complement a hard-hitter. There will be some teams that will give him a hard look on draft day and he will eventually get picked up by one lucky team.

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