James Conner
Projection
Round 3
Grade
B
6.60
Eventual Starter

James Conner

Running Back
Pittsburgh
  • Year: Redshirt Junior
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 233
  • 40-Yard: 4.65
  • Arm: N/A
  • Hand: N/A

Strong Points

Good initial quickness. Strong and powerful inside runner who consistently gets yards after contact. Very good vision/instincts, makes good decisions and can find cutback lanes. Has a burst to get outside. Quick-footed and can make the first man miss. Runs low and attacks tacklers. Tough to bring down. Good hands and a good receiver out of the backfield. Reliable blocker. Productive.

Weak Points

Injured knee in 2015 opener and missed the rest of the season, then was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. Doesn't have great top-end speed.

The Way We See It

An inspirational player with the way he came back from a serious knee injury and then cancer. James is a punishing inside runner with great size, strength and power. He is more quick than fast but he's fast enough. In a way, he reminds me of the Chiefs' Spencer Ware with his run style. The type of back who becomes a productive pro. Can be an every-down player and move the chains. His medical will have a lot to do with where he gets drafted, but he is easily a second- to third-round talent. Will be a great pick if he gets a thumbs up from the doctors.