With the 251st Selection in the Orange Mane Mock Draft,
the CINCINNATI BENGALS select:
RB Michael James, Miami
Tebow only wishes he could lead and inspire like I do.
Cincinnati is proud to welcome this Hurricane to our home. His legendary leadership and work ethic will be infectious to all, and his versatility will allow our offense the ability to offer myriad formations. And like most of our selections, he will bring a dynamic to our special teams coverage. We will immediately slot him in as our 3rd string RB, one that is excellent in pass blocking, pass catching, lead blocking as a fullback, and has been successful in short yardage situations. Whether we pair him with BenJarvus Green-Ellis or with Giovani Bernard, he will have to be accounted for as a movable chess piece. And in time, he may become the thunder to Bernard's lightning.
James won the following awards while at Miami, including team MVP in 2012:
2011 STRENGTH TRAINING ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
2012 ALLSTATE GOOD WORKS TEAM
2012 COMMUNITY SERVICE MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
2012 CAPTAIN'S AWARD
2012 MELCHING LEADERSHIP AWARD
2012 JACK HARDING TEAM MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD
I thought this was an interesting tidbit:
Andreu Swasey, who has been UM’s strength and conditioning coach for 12 years, puts James up there with backfield greats such as Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee and Edgerrin James when it comes to work ethic. “I see him implementing the things and the foundation that Coach [Al Golden] is preaching, and that’s the main thing, which is smarter, tougher, more disciplined and better conditioning,” Swasey said. “He’s all of that. His mother and father did a great job with him, and it shows.”
James was a highly sought after high school RB recruit that was under-utilized at Miami, being stuck behind Lamar Miller and then this year sharing the load with Freshman standout Duke Johnson. That's okay, because it means that this bruiser's legs are fresh.
At 5'10, 223, he has the nice, compact build with a thick lower body that almost seems a necessity in the bruising AFC North division. His 28 reps on the bench only hint at how much of a gym rat James truly is, while his 4.53 speed is excellent for a man his size. He also tested well in the Vertical (35 Inches) and 3 Cone (6.93) while being averge at best in the short shuttle at his Pro Day (4.34).
James has everything you want in a running back prospect. He has NFL caliber size, power, and speed. He has off the charts leadership and work ethic, and will be a boon to the lockerroom and community. He has the versatility to be effective at running the ball, catching the ball, pass blocking, and even lead blocking since he's spent considerable time as a Fullback as well his first couple seasons at Miami. What James needs is more time and carries to learn the nuances of the position. The talent, ability, and work ethic is all there. Now he just needs to work on feel. Cincinnati will give him that time and training. And while he learns, he can be effective in spot duty, and dominate on special teams.