Scouting Report: James was the best overall back in the game, is built well and has a good initial burst through the hole along with good leg drive on contact. James might not have the “second gear” that scouts are looking for though which might limit him in the NFL.
Notes: Scouts said James caught the ball well in the week of practices and showed versatility. While he didn’t have that boost, he was the week’s most consistent runnner in terms of vision and running between the tackles. During the game, Mike James displayed those instincts, setting up and utilizing his blocks quite well. Vermeil lauded James for his willingness to take on fullback duties during the course of the game, a position he was unfamiliar with but one he served decently in.