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Ja'Wuan James | Tackle

Team: Tennessee Volunteers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/3/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 323

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Former Tennessee OT Ja'Wuan James was named by two of five writers as the draft's biggest reach.
"The former Tennessee standout was taken in the middle of the first round despite playing right tackle extensively as a collegian," wrote Bucky Brooks. "Although the seismic shift of the NFL into a passing league makes it necessary to have a pair of quality offensive tackles in the lineup, the draft value of a right tackle doesn't mesh with where James was selected." Miami desperately needed offensive line reinforcement, but many analysts ranked several offensive lineman available at No. 19 over James. "I was shocked when it happened and I remain shocked more than two weeks later," wrote Mike Huguenin. "I don't think the guy was one of the top eight offensive tackles and am flabbergasted Miami felt the need to take him in the first round. He's a right tackle who can struggle when blocking for the run. What am I missing?" Tue, May 27, 2014 09:13:00 PM

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Dolphins selected Tennessee OT Ja'Wuan James with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

James (6-foot-6, 311) made a school-record 49 career starts for the Vols, all at right tackle, and earned second-team All-SEC honors as a senior. He ran a 5.34 forty at the Combine, adding a 29-inch vertical and 8-foot-7 broad jump with 22 reps on the bench. James has ideal arm length (35") and was an outstanding college pass blocker, but must improve in the running game to nail down a starting job. It's possible James will end up at left tackle in the pros. James will only have to hold off Jason Fox for Miami's starting right-tackle job this summer. The Dolphins badly needed the depth up front.
Thu, May 8, 2014 10:21:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport notes to remember Tennessee T Ja'Wuan James' name to the Dolphins if they do not trade up for a tackle.

James has plenty of right tackle experience, something the team needs after signing Branden Albert in free agency. James has great flashes of movement and strength. We aren't sure if this is a name for the first-round, as James has not been mocked there by anyone, but a second-round selection would make sense.
Thu, May 1, 2014 12:35:00 PM

The Miami Herald cites sources that say the Dolphins have a first-round grade on Tennessee OT Ja'Wuan James.

If so, they're reaching. James looks the part at 6-foot-6, 311 pounds with 35-inch arms and solid athletic skills. He also started 49 of 49 games for the Volunteers and drew a Titans RT David Stewart comparison from's Gil Brandt. All of that is well and good, and James certainly has potential, but he plays upright, must work on his technique, and will have to add some bulk. He's a late Day 2 prospect.
Sun, Apr 27, 2014 08:04:00 PM

Tennessee T Ja'Wuan James ran an official 5.34-second 40-yard dash at the NFL's combine.

James, who is hoping to impress scouts after being forced out of the Senior Bowl due to a knee sprain, posted unofficial runs of 5.25 and 5.28 seconds. He ran the 10-yard split twice and was clocked at 1.82 seconds both times, a decent showing. James projects as a third- to fourth-round pick.'s Gil Brandt likens him to Titans RT David Stewart.
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 02:38:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler stated that Tennessee T Ja'Wuan James plans to do a full workout at the Combine.

"OT Ja'Wuan James was knocked out of Senior Bowl with a knee sprain but he plans to do a full workout here," Brugler tweeted. Over the four years at Tennessee, James had 49 starts in 49 games for the Volunteers. Unfortunately for James, he sprained his knee during Senior Bowl week, but put on a strong outing in front of scouts. He currently projects as a third-to fourth-round pick.'s Gil Brandt likens him to Titans RT David Stewart.
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 06:27:00 PM's Daniel Jeremiah debuted Tennessee T Ja'Wuan James at No. 50 on his Top-50 rankings.

Jeremiah wrote a column praising James last week, so this ranking is hardly a surprise. Rotoworld's Josh Norris, it should be noted, disagrees with Jeremiah and doesn't see Top-50 selection potential in James. James "has an ideal frame but he needs to develop his upper body," wrote Jeremiah. "He is an excellent pass blocker. He has the foot quickness to slide/mirror athletic edge rushers. Against power rushers, he is able to lockout his arms and keep his chest clean despite carrying his hands very low in his pass set. In the run game, he has the lower strength to seal/wall-off defenders at the point of attack and he is athletic enough to pick off linebackers at the second level. He does need to work on dropping his pad level in the run and pass game."
Mon, Feb 10, 2014 09:25:00 PM's Daniel Jeremiah notes Tennessee T Ja'Wuan James has been a nice surprise during the draft analyst's film study.

James "does a nice job using his length in pass pro," according to Jeremiah. The Volunteer exited Senior Bowl week early due to a sprained knee. Our own Josh Norris does not see eye to eye with Jeremiah here, but James does have plenty of experience at right tackle in the SEC.
Sat, Feb 8, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Tennessee T Ja'Wuan James won't play in the Senior Bowl after suffering a knee sprain in practice.

We've read no additional reports detailing the severity of James' injury. We don't think his durability will be questioned by scouts, as James set a Tennessee record with 49 career starts in Knoxville. Prior to the injury, he was enjoying a productive week of practice.'s Gil Brandt wrote on Monday that James reminds him of Titans RT David Stewart.
Wed, Jan 22, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Tennessee T Ja'Wuan James reminds's Gil Brandt of Titans RT David Stewart.

Specifically when Stewart entered the NFL from Mississippi State in 2005. "He's strong but doesn't have great feet (would have difficult time at LT)," Brandt wrote. "He's mean and tough. Did good job on Jadeveon Clowney when the South Carolina defensive end lined up on James' side. Good run-blocker. Could find his way into the third round with a good showing this week [at the Senior Bowl]." James has been overshadowed at Tennessee by Dallas Thomas and Antonio Richardson, but he's big (6-6 1/8 and 315 pounds) and talented and will draw the spotlight from scouts.
Mon, Jan 20, 2014 09:50:00 PM

Tennessee T Ja'Wuan James will attend the Senior Bowl.

James has been a bit overshadowed for a few years now by Dallas Thomas and Antonio Richardson, but he has produced some nice film as a right tackle. He might be tried on the left side for some snaps in Mobile, and could impress enough to earn a third-round selection.
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 09:22:00 AM

Tennessee senior T Ja'Wuan James singled out freshman WR Marquez North as one player who has stood out during preseason practice.

The Vols could use some help at receiver after losing Cordarrelle Patterson, Justin Hunter, Mychal Rivera, and Zach Rogers to the NFL. North is a large target out of Charlotte and was considered a four-star prospect by many recruiting services. It is a promising sign for North, since he has only spent three or four years at the receiver position.
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 08:50:00 AM

Tennessee junior T Ja'Wuan James believes the Vols have the best OL in the country.

"In 2011, when I wasn't playing, they said we were one of the worst offensive lines in the country," James said. "Now they're saying 'Y'all are the best in the country.' We take it as, 'Praise and blame, it's all the same.' But we do see ourselves as the best offensive line in the country." It could be argued that the unit was even more talented last year with the inclusion of Dallas Thomas, but perhaps they will play with more cohesiveness in 2013.
Fri, Jul 19, 2013 10:48:00 AM

Tennessee junior RT Ja'Wuan James announced that he will be returning for his final collegiate season.

James is a three year starter at right tackle on a talented offensive line. The soon-to-be senior is a massive blocker than can push defenders in the running game, but will need to show consistent balance and mirroring skills in pass protection to earn a top three-round selection in 2014.
Tue, Dec 18, 2012 10:37:00 AM