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Bradie James

LB | (6-2, 242, 4.75) | LSU
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Did not start but rotated in as a freshman. Started all but one game in 2000 and every game in '01. Coaches' second-team All-Southeastern Conference in 2000 and first-team in '01. Had 41 tackles, seven for loss and three sacks in 1999; 110-8-5 in 2000; and 113-8-3 in '01. Led the team in tackles in '02 for the second straight season with 147, when he saw a lot of action at middle linebacker. Also recorded 8 tackles for loss, three sacks and his first career interception. Was named first-team All-SEC by the coaches and Associated Press and was a 2002 Scholar-Athlete.

Positives: Has good size, strength and straight-line speed. Good leader and team captain. Plays very hard, competes well, chases and hustles. Much better in space. Has some blitz potential. Looks the part because he is big and aggressive. Has a strong upper body (can bench press 400-plus pounds). Can hit. Played the weak and strong side, as well as the middle, but is probably best-suited on the weak side. Loves the game.

Negatives: Has limited lateral and reverse movement and is not a man-on-man cover guy. Is on the stiff side and has trouble playing low with leverage, taking on and shedding blocks, and changing directions. Will get knocked off balance. Needs to learn to play the game lower, with better leverage and use of hands. Doesn't really play to speed or strength. Fails to close on backs in the open field.

Summary: Physically intimidating inside presence with good size who should be a first-day pick, but lacks top speed and is not the most athletic linebacker available.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.