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LaMichael James jukes a Wisconsin Badger during Oregon's 2012 Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin.
I know a lot of people don't like this pick, but I love it. Here's why.
James carried the ball a lot at Oregon, and while he won't get many carries in San Francisco, in a few years, his durability could be a factor. He is fast, and while he's small (5'8", 194 pounds), he can break tackles.
And when lineman open up a hole, he doesn't hesitate. He sprints through it, and nobody can catch him. Touchdown.
In three years, James scored 53 touchdowns. In case you didn't know, that's a lot. In 2011, James scored a touchdown in all but one game (he played 12 games). Against a great Stanford defense, James ran for 146 yards on 20 carries, and he scored three touchdowns.
If a defensive tackle or lineman makes one mistake, and the offensive lineman blocking him catches the mistake, the OL will open up a hole. James will burst right through that hole every time, and he'll score.
It's hard to stop James in the backfield for a loss, and when you think you have him, usually, you don't. James breaks tackles and fights for every yard, which is why he averaged 7.3 yards per carry. Oh, and he can also return punts and kickoffs very well, bursting through any hole he sees.
If Frank Gore goes down, he and Kendall Hunter could just be the dominant one-two punch San Francisco has been missing to make its offense better.
Star Potential: 9.8 out of 10