By: Brian Sanchez
Everyone says James is quicker than he is fast but he clocked in with a 4.45 40 yard dash, which seems pretty fast to me. I think one of the most interesting combine stats was his bench press. At 5'9" 185 lbs James hit the bench press (225 lbs.) 15 times. That is some serious strength. He has exceptional vision on the field. He hides behind O-linemen and patiently waits for a hole to open and then slips right through. James can't run through anybody but he has a variety of hesitation moves and can quickly cut which means the bigger defenders can't go straight at him for the big hit or they will miss. He is incredibly tough. He has fought through injuries and put up big games with a lot of ailments. Can he be an every down back? Probably not, but the 49ers don't need him to be. James is a very good pass catcher and will be dynamic in that area as well. HC Jim Harbaugh has certainly seen enough of Lamichael James: while at Oregon in 2010 James went for 257 yards and 3 touchdowns against Harbaugh's Stanford Cardinal. James was also quoted as in college saying he would love to play for a coach like Harbaugh. Well, Lamichael here's your chance. Look for James to get 5-10 touches a game and look for him to run the power-O and hide behind LG Mike Iupati and break off big runs. With AJ Jenkins and Lamichael James the 49ers are clearly getting quicker on offense and I think it will serve them well.