When you think of playmakers in this year’s draft, the name LaMichael James comes to everyone’s mind. One of the best players in college football, James won the Doak Walker Award and was a unanimous first-team All-American.
Scouts are worried about his size, as he is only 5’9” and less than 200 lbs. But what they cannot deny is his athleticism. James has elite speed and agility that is going to make him deadly at the NFL level.
He runs a 40-yard dash in the 4.3-4.4 range. He is an all-around athlete. He ran for more than 1,500 yards in all three of his season at Oregon and can catch passes out of the backfield.
He is not exactly a sleeper prospect, but if James drops to the third round, he will be by far the best third-round draft pick. He has the talent to go in the late first round or early second round.
James will be a deadly third-down back in the NFL and could become a big-time playmaker similar to Darren Sproles.