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Oregon Ducks: LaMichael James a lock to enter NFL draft?

Going Pro

There is a recent report out of Oregon that star RB LaMichael James will forgo his senior season at OU and enter the NFL draft.

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There is a source that informed the Oregonian that after the Rose Bowl, when Oregon faces Wisconsin, that James would declare.

James issued a public statement that he has not made up his mind for sure.

Many times players wait until after bowl game to tell the public what their intentions are, but I would be pretty shocked is James returned for his senior season.

The last 2 years James has led the NCAA in rushing yards per game and if it were not for the elbow injury that cost him time this season he would have been invited back to the Big Apple for the Heisman ceremony for the 2nd straight season.

James still has some time to think about what he will do, as NCAA underclassmen has until January 15th to make up their mind on whether or not to enter their name in the NFL draft, which takes place in April.

LaMichael James

He's coming out folks. Just wait and see. The 2012 NFL Draft is calling.

All American

The Ducks’ RB was recently named 2nd Team All American by the Associated Press and with that selection he has been mentioned in 3 of the 4 big All America teams so far.

To say James has had a stellar career for the Ducks is an understatement, as he has not only led the nation in rushing yards again, but he has 3 of the best seasons in Oregon history when it comes to rushing yards.

In his red-shirt freshman season he rushed for 1,546 yards in 2009 and last season set the school record with 1,722 rushing yards and this season had 1,646 rushing yards.

Not only is James the Oregon career leader in rushing yards, but also in all-purpose yards and scoring.

He suffered a knee injury last season and this season he was sidelined for 2 games with an elbow injury.

That is the main knock on James, as he decides on whether or not to enter the NFL draft.

He not only has injury concerns, but he is a smaller RB at 5’9″ and 185 pounds. Scouts see him as a Darren Sproles type back, but not one that can carry the rushing offensive load with 20-25 carries a game.

This is the reason that James is projected to go somewhere in the 2nd round or early 3rd round in the draft.

No matter where he goes in the draft he will be picked, somewhat, early and have his chance to prove his critics wrong.

He can come back to Oregon, but the only reason to do so would be to make another run for a National Championship, as he cannot improve his draft stock any more after the record numbers he has put up.

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