Scouting Report: Brandon James

Written by Will Spencer on April 6, 2010




Brandon James


Position: RB School: Florida
Height: 5’6 3/8" Weight: 176 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 4.42

Overall Grade:

5.03

Draft Projection:

Late round / UDFA




Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 2
Speed 8 7
Quickness/Agility 10 8
Strength/Explosion 10 6.5
Athletic Ability 8 7
Durability 8 6
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 5.5
Toughness 8 6.5
Potential 10 5


Running Back Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Between the tackles 8 2
Outside the tackles 8 5.5
Receiving 6 4
Ball carrying 8 4
Vision 10 8
Elusiveness 8 6.5
Pass Blocking 8 2
Leg Drive 8 2
Break Tackle 8 2



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

A very speedy back with great abilities as a return man. Good vision. Identifies a seam quickly, plants foot and streaks forward. Good body control. Displayed soft hands when asked to catch out of the backfield for the Gators. For a small player, James isn’t afraid of contact. Good change of direction abilities and straight line speed.

Weaknesses

Very small player. Doesn’t display the ability to run between the tackles effectively as a running back. Trusts his speed too much and will try to bounce to the outside too often. Will gamble on returns, fielding a kick when he should have made a fair catch.

Analysis

Will more than likely be only a return specialist at the next level. Was listed as an “athlete” for his position at Florida as he played running back, wide receiver and returned kicks/punts. Relies heavily on his speed an athletic ability and is one injury away from not having anything left in his bag of tricks. James is a high quality return man that could fill in as a backup running back in cases of injury, but if drafted, it will be as a return specialist only.

Experience

Appeared in 50 games with seven starts. Used mainly as a return specialist.

Awards and Honors

2009: Second-Team All-SEC KR (Phil Steele).
2008: SEC Special Teams Player of the Year. First-Team All-American by Sporting News and Phil Steele. All-SEC selection by vote of the league’s head coaches.
2007: First-team All-SEC by Rivals.com and Lindy’s.
2006: First-team Freshman All-American by Rivals.

Academics

Sociology major at Florida.

Injuries

Had surgery on his right foot in spring of 2009.


Career Stats
Year Att Yards Avg Long TD Rec Yards TD
2009 20 109 5.5 25 0 24 215 1
2008 14 59 4.2 13 2 11 95 1
2007 24 133 5.5 14 0 8 69 0
2006 3 1 0.3 4 0 0 0 0







Kick Return Stats
Year PR Yards TD FC Long KR Yards TD Long
2009 44 244 0 11 49 29 756 1 89
2008 46 510 2 8 78 32 738 0 52
2007 16 254 1 2 83 30 841 0 61
2006 40 363 1 7 77 21 383 0 38






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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.