Profiling Colts Running Back Javarris James

Javarris James(L) with cousin and former Colts Feature Back Edgerrin James(R) |

Javarris James

Born: 18th of September, 1987

Hometown:  Immokalee, FL

College:  University of Miami

Draft:  UDFA – 2010 (Indianapolis Colts)

Height:  6 feet 0 inches

Weight:  215 lbs.



Rushing Receiving
Year Started Att Yards YPA TD Rec Yards YPR TD
2006 10 175 802 4.58 4 17 200 11.76 1
2007 12 159 582 3.66 4 14 100 7.14 0
2008 1 68 286 4.21 4 11 118 10.73 0
2009 5 103 492 4.78 6 13 85 6.54 0
Career 28 505 2162 4.28 18 55 503 9.15 1


No Professional Stats

Pre-Draft Measuarables

40-yard Dash: 4.53 seconds

3 Cone Drill: 7.07 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.24 seconds

Bench Press:  21 reps

Vertical Jump: 36.0 inches

Broad Jump: 115.0 inches



Javarris James started roughly half the games he participated in at Miami, but most of these occured during the first half of his college career.  During his first two years, James’ was the feature back, but following the emergence of Graig Cooper he was relegated to backup duties.  Still, James did plenty during his tenure to secure a top ten all-time ranking for RBs at Miami.

James came out of high school with high expectations.  He had the size and build of his cousin Edgerrin, so many expected James to impress.  As the eventual loss of his starting spot will attest, James did not live up to the hype, and was eventually written off with more realistic expectations.  James ran a 40 at the NFL combine at 4.53 seconds, but only managed a 4.61 average at his pro-day.  James also failed to really impress in many of the other measurables.

While some analysts thought James could warrant a late second day selection, James wasn’t picked up until after the draft, as much for posterity as for potential.  With the release of numerous backups, the Colts had a major need for stable backups.  One of James’ redeeming qualities is his durability.  Despite not being stellar at any particular discipline, James proved to be a stable blocker, as well as a productive enough receiver and rusher to warrant a look as a 2nd or 3rd backup.

James lacks Edgerrin’s explosiveness, or even that of a player who would be expected as a serious candidate for an NFL starting position. Generally, James lacks the skills that would identify him as a “big upside,” pick.  He will have to secure a spot based upon his stability and consistent production.