AFC East Player Spotlight
Miami Dolphins #1 pick, Ja’Wuan James
Interesting about the kid, when he visited the Miami Complex, he flat out tol GM Hickey “Bring me to Miami!”. You have to love that, the kid sold himself to a GM!
James started 49 game s at Tennessee, and he is ready to play game 1 for the Dolphins, and make sure that Tannehill is still walking.
To say that the Dolphins had problems at OL last season is an understatement. James is a welcomed addition. The hope is that his enthusiasm translates on the field. He sold himself to the GM, now he has to deliver; and in sales, never promise what you cannot deliver.
Let’s meet this young man up closer. Ja’Wuan Amir James was born June 3, 1992, in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Georgia, and helped his HS team to a 13-1 record. He is 6’6” and weighs 315 lbs.
James played at Tennessee for 3 years, his 49 starts set a record for career starts by an offensive lineman in Tennessee history.
The question remains, will the Dolphins been able to get this kid (if he truly was their target as Hickey says) by dropping down in the draft?
It really doesn’t matter anymore, and nobody will even remember that at this time next year, especially if he delivers and starts 16 games for the Dolphins.
He was quoted as saying: “Growing up, I liked Michael Vick, Warrick Dunn being from the Atlanta area, but didn’t really like the Falcons,” James said. “I’ve always been a player guy instead of a team guy. I didn’t want to follow the crowd in Atlanta.”
My take: James is raw, but has potential. The Dolphins filled their biggest need to protect quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s right side. James will compete with free-agent Jason Fox for the starting job in training camp. I expect him to win the job. He will be thrown into the lineup, because he is a huge need. James will struggle at first, but eventually become a good NFL player……we may have to wait until 2015 to see the real James. Good pick by the Dolphins, but there were players available that were much more ready to step in immediately.
Everything you read about this young man is positive. He is a solid citizen, and that is saying a lot in the NFL these days, and the Dolphins especially do need solid citizens in the locker room……..Good luck Ja’Wuan James!