Senior 6’1″ 210
• Ideal size to line up against taller WRs
• Closes quickly, positions himself well to defend downfield
• Physical and willing to grind out the play. Ability to swallow up WRs
• Versatile, possibly a fit at Safety. Maybe be a better pro than in college
• Will need a lot development/coaching on technique. Footwork and balance are a project
• Doesn’t always demonstrate instinctive awareness. Poor anticipation at times.
• Needs to press better, and be more physical at the line.
With limited tape available, figuring our James is a little challenging. He brings the kind of clay to the table teams love to work with, and flashes that physical prowess enough to be a hot topic amongst scouts. The question they’re likely exploring is — “Where do we put this guy?”. Is he a true corner, or a rangy safety? It’s not an easy question to answer as Bradberry’s technique and style suggest he may have a better chance of succeeding at safety. However, I’d be concerned with James having adequate instinct & anticipation to play the position. He can get lost in space, and turned around too often. He doesn’t press particularly well either and seems to lack a feel for the corner position at times. He’ll need to synchronize his body and mind at the next level; focusing on breaking out of his stance and using his size in balance with his speed.
There’s a grittiness to his game that can’t be denied though. He flashed the ability to swallow receivers when in position, and has the rangy body make difficult tackles in space. When he’s “on”, he’s able to position himself to make plays on the ball. He’s got angry hands and plays physical – likes to keep everything in front of him, Doesn’t let the play get behind him often. Teams will likely consider him in as mid round investment, one they may be able utilize in the redzone against tall WRs in his early on.
NFL comparison: Tray Walker (4th rnd 2015 BAL selection out of Texas Southern)
Round Value: 3rd-4th