LaMichael James, former Oregon Ducks superstar running back would be the perfect fit in the Denver Broncos’ spread option offense ran by Tim Tebow.
After amassing 5,082 yards rushing in his three years as a Duck, James is looking to continue his success in the NFL. James isn’t considered to be a first round draft pick, but he will be a steal for any team for his multiple skills.
James needed to show that his speed is no joke at the NFL Scouting Combine after he measured in at 5’8″ and 194 pounds. He did exactly what he needed when he ran an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.37, which was then converted into a 4.45. The 40-yard dash is usually overrated, but for James it had his draft stock soar and gave comparisons to the likes of Jahvid Best and Darren Sproles. James also showed solid hands when catching balls, and his hands will just add to his resume.
The NFL has changed with how offenses work and how running backs are now utilized. Darren Sproles, who is listed at 5’6″ and 190 pounds, was a major factor in the New Orleans Saints being one of the greatest offenses ever in 2011 and Sproles dipped and dodged his way to a record breaking year. At the NFL Scouting Combine in 2005, Sproles ran a 4.47 40-yard dash, which is slightly slower than James. Sproles has opened the door for backs like James to make a huge impact in the NFL.
Where does James fit best in the NFL? The Denver Broncos with their spread option offense ran by Tim Tebow. If the Broncos add James to the backfield with Tebow, they could have a scary duo for defenses in 2012 and the future. With Willis McGahee taking the more traditional and power runs, the Broncos could have a three-headed monster.
The Broncos need to surround Tebow with more weapons if they want him to be successful. James is the perfect fit for his multiple skills. In three years at Oregon, James averaged 6.6 yards per carry, 11.5 yards per catch and totaled 58 touchdowns. James can can score with his legs, hands and even as a returner in the NFL.
Yes, health is a question for James. The elbow injury he suffered in 2011 was a freak accident though and he dominated when he came back. The reward kills the risk for James and if Denver wants to be successful and surround Tebow with the right players, they need to draft James.