Ravens draft primer: Ja'Wuan James

With seven days until the NFL draft begins, here is another potential draft prospect for the Baltimore Ravens:


Position: Offensive tackle

School: Tennessee

Height/weight: 6-foot-6, 311

Round projection: Second or third

File this away: James started all 49 games played, which set a Tennessee school record for most career starts for an offensive lineman.

Good: James has the experience and get-it-done attitude to start immediately in the NFL. He played his entire college career at right tackle, so he addresses the Ravens' biggest need on the offensive line. His size, strength and arm length is what you want for an offensive tackle. James is known for outstanding character and graduated in December 2013 with a degree in arts and sciences.

Bad: James will sometimes get beat because of pad level and hand placement. His skills still need refining. He is considered an average run-blocker. Despite his size and athleticism, James doesn't always play with power in the run game and doesn't always get to the second level. He should be more of a mauler, which is what you want out of a right tackle.

Bottom line: The Ravens should look hard at James in the second round. James can start right away and would upgrade the Ravens at right tackle. He has the lateral quickness to play in Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme. The Ravens have to like his experience in the SEC, maturity and football intelligence.

What James said: "I pick up things quickly. We had three different coaches, and so that's three different playbooks. That definitely helps put you ahead of the [curve]. I feel like I have the skill set to do a lot of different things."