Former UM running back Mike James was selected in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
James was the 21st pick in the sixth round and the No. 189 overall pick. NFL.com gave James (5-10, 223) a grade of 52.0
- STRENGTHS – Powerful build, with a thick lower half. Runs behind his pads, and keeps his legs churning on contact. Fights for the extra yard, often falls forward. Tough to bring down with arm tackles. Patient runner, allows his blocks to develop. Light feet, and surprising agility. Runs with balance. Good blocker, can contribute on special teams.
- WEAKNESSES – Not a burner, won’t break off many big runs. Initial explosiveness is only average. Vision isn’t great, fill miss open running lanes. Will find himself on his tippy-toes dancing in the backfield too much for a runner his size.
- BOTTOM LINE – James has displayed great versatility throughout his career as a Hurricane. Has had success with different running concepts. He has a good build, runs hard, blocks well, and has shown a willingness to play, and contribute on a special teams unit. While he lacks elite athletic tools, he looks like a very solid running back who will make a roster, and possibly contribute much more as a Day 3 pick.
James started all 12 games at running back in 2012 and saw action at full-back and on special teams. Among his 2012 awards were the 2012 Community Service Man of the Year Award, 2012 Captains Award, 2012 Melching Leadership Award and the 2012 Jack Harding Team Most Valuable Player Award.
James finished his senior season at UM with 642 rushing yards and six touchdowns. He joins unrestricted free agent and former Miami Hurricane Roscoe Parrish in Tampa Bay.