NFL Mocks breaks down James’ game into pros and cons:
PROS: Explosive speed…great burst…good vision…elite athlete…very good receiver out of backfield…elusive in the open field…has the ability to take over a game…shifty…can stop on a dime and change direction…underrated north/south runner…durable…very productive…
CONS: Undersized at5’8”, which comes with other flaws, potentially (always makes teams worry about durability)….Needs to be a complementary back in the NFL because he’s not a powerful in between the tackles kind of runner…though he’s a good receiver out of the backfield doesn’t run a lot of different routes out of the backfield…like most young players will to work a lot on blitz pickups…domestic abuse charge he’ll have to explain…not going to drag defenders…fumbling issues
Player comparison: LeSean McCoy/Warrick Dunn
The Bengals need a game-breaking RB if they want to take control of the AFC North. If you look at the last three division champions, those teams had game-breaking RBs carry them to division crowns(Bengals/Cedric Benson 2009, Steelers/Rashard Mendenhall 2010, Ravens/Ray Rice 2011). Green-Ellis and Scott are good players, but James has the potential to be a star at the NFL level. He should be on the board when the Bengals select at #53, but with the late run of RBs beginning last night( two RBs selected at end of 1st-round), the Bengals may need to trade up to secure his services.