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Erasmus James

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Position: Defensive End

School: Wisconsin

Status: Senior

Height: 6-4

Weight: 265

40-Yards Dash: 4.80 (est)

Overview:


Erasmus James has a nice combination of quickness and power that allows him to consistently make plays in the opponent's backfield. He plays with a non-stop motor, has good athleticism, and has the ability as a pass rusher to take over a football game.
James has good stamina, great quickness, and tremendous athleticism for a player his size. He beats blockers with a quick first step, delivers a nice punch on initial contact, and has the upper-body strength to fight through double teams. He also uses his long arms to maintain separation, has an excellent closing burst, and the speed to track down ball carriers in run pursuit.
If he has a weakness, it's that he is not real strong at the point of attack, and could be engulfed by the bigger offensive tackles in the NFL. But he does a decent job of recognizing and playing the run, holding contain on the outside, and making consistently solid tackles. He lacks ideal bulk, so he must increase his lower-body strength to better anchor the end of the line.

There are also concerns about his durability. He battled injuries at Wisconsin, missing the entire 2003 season with a hip injury.

Projection:


If post-season workouts and physicals don't reveal any problems or long-term concerns associated with his hip injury, Erasmus James should be selected in the first half of the first-round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

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