Oregon’s James reportedly NFL-bound
According to The Oregonian, James has decided to forgo his senior season and will declare for the 2012 NFL Draft. Considering the lack of longevity of NFL careers for running backs, another year in college without much else to prove would be a poor decision for one of the nation’s most talented runners.
In 2011, James has helped lead the Ducks to another tremendous season that will end with an appearance in the 2012 Rose Bowl against the Wisconsin Badgers. Like in 2010, James led the nation in rushing yards per game this season with 149. With only one game to go, James currently has 1,646 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season.
Despite the report, nothing has been officially confirmed by the team or James himself.
If James was to declare himself eligible for the draft, he’d likely be a second-round draft pick. Despite being one of the top running back prospects, the lack of draft value at the position makes it unlikely that he’d go in the first round unless a particular team felt his talents fit them well enough to take him that high.
As of right now, nothing is set in stone. Speculation on James’ draft position won’t really begin until we hear it from the horse’s mouth.