Scouting Report: Ja'Wuan James

Thomas Frank Carr

ESPN Radio 1450 Draft Analyst

 Ja’Wuan James

OT Sr. Tennessee



Height: 6’6”                                Weight: 311                          Arm length: 35”          40 yard Dash: 5.34

Broad Jump: 103 in                  Bench: 22                         Vertical jump: 29 in                   20 yard Shuttle: 4.56       

 


Strengths

·         Good size, Elite NFL frame

·         Long arms, locks out defender and steers him out of play

·         Patient pass blocker, will succeed most times

·         Anchors vs power well

·         Strong player, with good lower body strength

·         Uses proper hand technique and placement

Weaknesses

·         Slow feet, lots of heaviness to his game

·         Footwork is very poor

·         Doesn’t sustain kick step or extend the pocket up field

·         Struggles with speed rushers

·         Lunges at defenders and loses balance

·         Doesn’t dominate like his measurable indicate

·         More of a finesse blocker

·         Lets defenders get into his chest

·         Struggles to pick up linebackers at next level

·         Needs to play with more aggression

Analysis:

Depending on who you talk to, Ja’Wuan James is either a right tackle or a left tackle. His finesse blocking style and patient pass blocking style have him suited to play on the blind side. His poor footwork, overall slow feet and lack of refinement to his game make him more of a right tackle. James has potential to be a starter in the NFL but he will need lots of work. I believe he projects more as a right tackle than on the left. Either way, he needs to improve his footwork and consistency on the field. James is a high character guy and will be drafted higher than this current talent dictates.