NFL Draft: San Francisco 49ers, Second Round, No. 61
NFL Future: Darren Sproles
The San Francisco 49ers stole LaMichael James in the second round, and other teams will pay.
Many people were surprised when the 49ers selected James due to a crowded backfield of Frank Gore, Brandon Jacobs and Kendall Hunter. However, James is a threat to score every time he touches the ball, and Harbaugh was burned by James too much when coaching at Stanford to keep him off the field.
His first few years, James will be a clone of Darren Sproles. James is 5'8" and weighs 194 pounds, while Sproles is 5'6" and weighs 190 pounds. Both backs are small but pack a punch while they can run, catch and return kicks and punts for their team
Harbaugh will love to utilize James all over the field, and don't be surprised if he is Gore's eventual replacement as the starting running back for San Francisco.