There are concerns about how well LaMichael James will translate to the next level as a pro. He's relatively small for a running back, and despite possessing all the necessary attributes to be a strong running back (toughness, versatility, open field speed, elusiveness), there are questions about how well he'd fare in the NFL. There's no need to risk a first-round draft pick on him. A second rounder might be the best place to pick up James.
In their latest mock, DraftTek has James ending up with the San Diego Chargers with the 49th pick in the second round of the draft. This is probably not that bad a spot for him, although the Chargers might have to ask him to do a lot very soon.
Though Ryan Mathews has proven capable of carrying the load for the Chargers, it seemed like Philip Rivers really missed his security blanket in Darren Sproles last year. Though James only has 51 career receptions at Oregon, he has proven capable of catching the ball out of the backfield and is far from a liability in pass protection. In short, he could easily fill Sproles' shoes for the Chargers this year and provide an excellent option as a change-of-pace back when Mathews needs a break.
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