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With a school-record 49 consecutive starts for the Volunteers, James is more fundamentally sound than talented junior left tackle Antonio "Tiny" Richardson and offers a similar package of size and athleticism.

James' get-it-done attitude is reflected by a career that began as a starter when he arrived in 2010. Forty-nine games, 49 starts and one Bachelor's Degree later (December 2013), he is ready to take his study on the Arts and Sciences to the NFL. But it will be his size, strength and lateral quickness that serve him well at the next level. Seems to make pre-snap reads well but sometimes misses stunts.

James has the mentality and physicality to step in and perform immediately in the NFL. He was impressive at Senior Bowl before spraining knee, but was fine at his April Pro Day.

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STRENGTHS: Alert and comfortable at right tackle. Recognizes stunts and line games. Surprising initial quickness, lateral agility and flexibility for his monstrous frame. Powerful and competitive with grit to knock defenders off the ball and continue downfield. Plays to dominate one-on-one battles, letting his hands to the work with good body control. Can slide to protect the edge against the variety of speed rushers faced in the SEC. Technically sound, maintains position to mirror. Surprisingly light feet, natural power and quickness off the ball. Could play guard.

WEAKNESSES: Because of his massive frame, pad level is a constant battle. Drops his head when run blocking, an easy target for swim moves. Gets over his feet when on the run, "brushing" opponents to maintain course downfield.

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the rumors were true about Miami loving him and he is a good player. Gets to play his natural spot at right tackle.


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I know we probably needed a tackle, but ....

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I like the pick. They identified him as their guy and stuck to their guns.

The lines looking much better


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He won't even start this year


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I know we probably needed a tackle, but ....

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We could've traded down and gotten this guy late first our really second round. Drafting him at 19 reeks of desperation. Somewhere in Massachusetts, a certain coach is laughing his head off.

I really don't see Hickey surviving beyond this year if he pulls crap like this

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Dolphins selected Tennessee OT Ja'Wuan James with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
James (6-foot-6, 311) made a school-record 49 career starts for the Vols, all at right tackle, and earned second-team All-SEC honors as a senior. He ran a 5.34 forty at the Combine, adding a 29-inch vertical and 8-foot-7 broad jump with 22 reps on the bench. James has ideal arm length (35") and was an outstanding college pass blocker, but must improve in the running game to nail down a starting job. It's possible James will end up at left tackle in the pros. James will compete with Jason Fox for the Dolphins' starting right-tackle job this summer. The Dolphins badly needed the depth up front.


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We might have been able to get in the 2nd, reach IMO but we will see. Let's just hope he's not injured, a bully, a sissy, thinking about quitting, or a bust. then maybe we can start saying potential and upside.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


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2nd Rd. pick at No. 19. Unreal.

Not saying he will not be a decent player, but just tired of once again being disappointed in a Miami 1st Rd. pick.

When will Miami hire a GM/Coach with some balls?

Don't understand why Miami simply did not take the 3rd that was offered the very next pick & traded down?


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Look at all these guys rated in the 90's. Look at the only guy rated 80.

1 Jadeveon Clowney DE Texans 98
2 Greg Robinson OT Rams 97
3 Blake Bortles QB Jaguars 91
4 Sammy Watkins WR Bills 96
5 Khalil Mack OLB Raiders 96
6 Jake Matthews OT Falcons 95
7 Mike Evans WR Buccaneers 94
8 Justin Gilbert DB Browns 91
9 Anthony Barr OLB Vikings 90
10 Eric Ebron TE Lions 92
11 Taylor Lewan OT Titans 94
12 Odell Beckham Jr. WR Giants 93
13 Aaron Donald DT Rams 94
14 Kyle Fuller DB Bears 92
15 Ryan Shazier OLB Steelers 92
16 Zack Martin OT Cowboys 93
17 C.J. Mosley ILB Ravens 92
18 Calvin Pryor S Jets 91
19 Ja'Wuan James OT Dolphins 80
20 Brandin Cooks WR Saints 91

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The usual angry people being angry no matter the pick lol


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rodneyfaile wrote:
Look at all these guys rated in the 90's. Look at the only guy rated 80.

1 Jadeveon Clowney DE Texans 98
2 Greg Robinson OT Rams 97
3 Blake Bortles QB Jaguars 91
4 Sammy Watkins WR Bills 96
5 Khalil Mack OLB Raiders 96
6 Jake Matthews OT Falcons 95
7 Mike Evans WR Buccaneers 94
8 Justin Gilbert DB Browns 91
9 Anthony Barr OLB Vikings 90
10 Eric Ebron TE Lions 92
11 Taylor Lewan OT Titans 94
12 Odell Beckham Jr. WR Giants 93
13 Aaron Donald DT Rams 94
14 Kyle Fuller DB Bears 92
15 Ryan Shazier OLB Steelers 92
16 Zack Martin OT Cowboys 93
17 C.J. Mosley ILB Ravens 92
18 Calvin Pryor S Jets 91
19 Ja'Wuan James OT Dolphins 80
20 Brandin Cooks WR Saints 91


Speculative and pointless.


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The usual angry people being angry no matter the pick lol


IT gets old though bro. Our entire draft last year was a bust and we pick a 2rd rd OT. He is the only player up to 20 ranked 80. The rest are ranked 90 or above. He was a reach.


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TommyNoleFin wrote:
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We could've traded down and gotten this guy late first our really second round. Drafting him at 19 reeks of desperation. Somewhere in Massachusetts, a certain coach is laughing his head off.

I really don't see Hickey surviving beyond this year if he pulls crap like this



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The usual angry people being angry no matter the pick lol



Because we're sick and tired of the same ol' BS

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Definitely not a sexy pick but we do have a big need at that position, maybe we didn't have a trade partner?


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Probably.......No probably in that. You win up front, as boring as that may be. The Dolphins HAD to get better on the OL.

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I thought this draft had tackle depth?? Why not take the best player with dennard? I dont like it


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rodneyfaile wrote:
Look at all these guys rated in the 90's. Look at the only guy rated 80.

1 Jadeveon Clowney DE Texans 98
2 Greg Robinson OT Rams 97
3 Blake Bortles QB Jaguars 91
4 Sammy Watkins WR Bills 96
5 Khalil Mack OLB Raiders 96
6 Jake Matthews OT Falcons 95
7 Mike Evans WR Buccaneers 94
8 Justin Gilbert DB Browns 91
9 Anthony Barr OLB Vikings 90
10 Eric Ebron TE Lions 92
11 Taylor Lewan OT Titans 94
12 Odell Beckham Jr. WR Giants 93
13 Aaron Donald DT Rams 94
14 Kyle Fuller DB Bears 92
15 Ryan Shazier OLB Steelers 92
16 Zack Martin OT Cowboys 93
17 C.J. Mosley ILB Ravens 92
18 Calvin Pryor S Jets 91
19 Ja'Wuan James OT Dolphins 80
20 Brandin Cooks WR Saints 91


Speculative and pointless.


All of this is speculation. Your comment was pointless.

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The usual angry people being angry no matter the pick lol



Tru Dat.

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I hope he shores up the OL, time will tell.


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The usual angry people being angry no matter the pick lol


IT gets old though bro. Our entire draft last year was a bust and we pick a 2rd rd OT. He is the only player up to 20 ranked 80. The rest are ranked 90 or above. He was a reach.


how old are these rankings though?


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You have to get better up front but at what cost? Does it make sense to use a first round pick on someone how everyone knows is not a first round talent?


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He was a reach, but besides trading down they didnt have a choice. He is a scheme fit, has tremendous size and length and is a natural right tackle. He has to improve his run blocking.

I wish they had traded down, but I dont think they could.

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You have to get better up front but at what cost? Does it make sense to use a first round pick on someone how everyone knows is not a first round talent?


depends on the team evaluations. Miami had him as a 1st round tackle all along. There was a whole rumor trail for weeks, I posted about this guy in separate threads. I think they loved Shazier and James.


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The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins "love" Tennessee OT Ja'Wuan James and Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier.
The Dolphins have been fielding calls from other teams about possibly trading up or moving back from No. 19 overall. The top four tackles (Greg Robinson, Jake Matthews, Taylor Lewan, Zack Martin) are expected to be long gone by 19th overall, so Miami may have to look at guys like James or Morgan Moses to man right tackle. Shazier profiles as a weak-side 'backer in a 4-3.

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He was a reach, but besides trading down they didnt have a choice. He is a scheme fit, has tremendous size and length and is a natural right tackle. He has to improve his run blocking.

I wish they had traded down, but I dont think they could.


So lemme get this straight.......

Our OT's are poor run blockers .... excellent, especially when we don't have backs who can pound it up the middle.

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I don't think it is fair to blast Hickey on this pick. He inherited a team with glaring holes on the line.


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You have to get better up front but at what cost? Does it make sense to use a first round pick on someone how everyone knows is not a first round talent?


depends on the team evaluations. Miami had him as a 1st round tackle all along. There was a whole rumor trail for weeks, I posted about this guy in separate threads. I think they loved Shazier and James.[/quote

CBSSports.com, NFLDraftScouts.com had him as a 1-2 round pick. You started to see him in the 20's in some mocks, so his stock was on the rise.

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Everyone was saying Seattle reached for their last few picks too but they stuck to their guns.

Just because some analysts project the dude to be there in the second doesn't mean it's true.


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Big Time Tony! I kept hearing lots of good reports on him, so thats why I do not hate the pick. Most scouts turned on the tape months ago to watch Richardson and they all said the same thing, that they left blown away by James, not Richardson.


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Everyone was saying Seattle reached for their last few picks too but they stuck to their guns.

Just because some analysts project the dude to be there in the second doesn't mean it's true.


Our talent evaluators aren't in Seattle's league.


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Dolphins pick Ja'Wuan James

The past hour had been a bad one for the Miami Dolphins. And then, on the clock at No. 19, the team picked Tennessee right tackle JaWuan James.

This one will feel troubling to some who think the Dolphins reached.

Nope.

It's hard to reach when you pick a first-day starter. And that is what this plug-and-play tackle will be.

He is Miami's starting right tackle.


Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins ... rylink=cpy

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He was a reach, but besides trading down they didnt have a choice. He is a scheme fit, has tremendous size and length and is a natural right tackle. He has to improve his run blocking.

I wish they had traded down, but I dont think they could.


New Orleans gave up the #27 and an additional 3rd round pick to move up to #20. Did Miami not want that offer at #19? Gotta assume, without possibly knowing for sure, that New Orleans did their due diligence and called Miami when they were looking to move up for Brandon Cooks.

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James is a reach at this point in the draft, as he slips off run blocks, his footwork is inconsistent in pass pro and he doesn't have the killer instinct teams covet in offensive linemen. There's a lot to like about his upside, though. A four-year starter at Tennessee, he has the lateral quickness and balance to develop into an excellent zone run-blocker. He also has the length (35 inches) and athletic ability to hold up on an island in pass pro when he sinks his hips and keeps moving his feet.

Good height and weight but soft upper body and narrow shoulders. Ideal arm length (35') and adequate hand span (9 7/8'). Moves well on tape but timed speed at Combine was below average (5.34 in the 40).

http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft/player/_/id/33101


He related to Vagonathon Martin?

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He'll start day 1.


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Imo he was a bit of a reach and I wouldnt have done it but if he's your guy you take him and coach him up to be a stud. If it was a reach for a rb/wr/qb or dlineman I would be mad but if he's going to start day 1 we'll see immediately what he's about


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My take is that most people would probably be on board with this pick as the RT they wanted when they couldn't get Martin, or any of the big OTs. He sounds like a good plug-and-play starter at RT, and I'm all for going against current NFL GM wisdom and drafting a RT to actually play RT.

I think everyone's consternation is where the pick happened.

I can't imagine many people on this board believe this Dolphins couldn't have drafted James in the 26-32 range with at least a 4th rounder added to the mix.

Maybe someone else also wanted Jones this high, or Jones was so rated so much higher by the Dolphins at RT than the next RT, that they felt they couldn't risk it.

If they did turn down trades, I'd love to hear what they were. Just like everyone else.

Now what? On to Guard?


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My take is that most people would probably be on board with this pick as the RT they wanted when they couldn't get Martin, or any of the big OTs. He sounds like a good plug-and-play starter at RT, and I'm all for going against current NFL GM wisdom and drafting a RT to actually play RT.

I think everyone's consternation is where the pick happened.

I can't imagine many people on this board believe this Dolphins couldn't have drafted James in the 26-32 range with at least a 4th rounder added to the mix.

Maybe someone else also wanted Jones this high, or Jones was so rated so much higher by the Dolphins at RT than the next RT, that they felt they couldn't risk it.


Now what? On to Guard?

If they did turn down trades, I'd love to hear what they were. Just like everyone else.
We'll find out what happened. Now I think we could've traded back but a team maybe liked him alot but to me all that matters is getting this kid in and him working out


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