Washington Redskins Draft Profiles: Ja'Wuan James, OT

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Draft profile for a career right tackle out of Tennessee

Ja'Wuan James

Offensive Tackle

Height: 6'6"  Weight: 311 lbs

40 Time: 5.34 secs

Bench: 22 reps


Strengths: What you see is what you get with Ja'Wuan James. He started all 49 games he played in, setting a Tennessee record for career starts for an offensive lineman.  Not only that but every single one of his starts came at right tackle, so he's definitely battle-tested in the SEC.  He checks all the boxes when it comes to the physical measurements, even his arm length turned out to be well above average (35").  He excels in pass protection where he displays patience and power to redirect edge rushers.  He uses his hands effectively to keep rushers squared-up and has the power to anchor at the right time. James also the displays ability to steer lineman and linebackers effectively in the run game.

Weaknesses: He has footwork issues. The issues come out when he has to engage linebackers at the second level. His hands often help mask these issues but there are times you can see him dropping his head and overextending as a result. Also, he has just average awareness and sometimes makes the wrong block in pass protection.  He lacks the experience in playing any position outside of right tackle.

Bottom Line: Ja'Wuan James is a safe pick, and that is high praise for an offensive lineman. A team in need of a right tackle should have James high on their big board because he has unmatched experience at that position. He's a lesser prospect than his teammate Antonio Richardson because he doesn't have his mean-streak but is said to be a harder worker.

Projected Round: Mid 3rd

Teams He Fits Best On: Bengals, Redskins, Falcons, Ravens

Highlight Reel: A reel dedicated to Antonio Richardson but just focus on the #70 on the right side of the O-line. Watch the last minute of the video to see the good and bad of his pass pro game.

Ja'Wuan James (RT Tennessee) vs Florida 2013 (via Aimal Arsalla)

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