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A Heisman Trophy finalist in 2010, James was even better while running for a school-record 1,805 yards - despite suffering a nasty dislocated elbow - as a junior after adding some additional weight. James led the nation with 150.4 rushing yards per game and with little left to prove at Oregon, declared for the NFL draft. Undersized to be an every-down back, James makes up for his short stature with impressive speed. He ran a 4.45 40-yard dash - tied for second among backs at the NFL combine - and was third in the 20-yard shuttle, completing it in 4.12 seconds. He also finished third in the three-cone drill, running it in 6.88 seconds. That speed could make him an option for kick and punt returns as he's a constant threat to score when he gets into open space. James has shown a tendency to struggle to break free from tackles, though, something that will only be exacerbated against bigger NFL players. James also has a propensity for fumbles. He'll need to add even more bulk if he wants to have a shot at being an every-down back, as at his current size he'll struggle to be effective in pass protection. As productive as he was in college - and as capable as he is at getting to the outside - James likely won't hear his name called until the third round.