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2018 Prospect Preview: MTSU WR Richie James is one of the nation's best from the slot
By Sam McGaw •
Aug 2, 2017
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 29: Richie James #3 of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders runs with the ball against the Florida International Golden Panthers on October 29, 2016 at FIU Stadium in Miami, Florida. Middle Tennessee defeated Florida International 42-35. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Middle Tennessee State WR Richie James enters the 2017 college football season as a PFF Day 3 projection for the 2018 NFL Draft.
James has been one of the nation’s most effective slot receivers over the past two seasons. His 1,347 receiving yards out of the slot last year ranked No. 2 in the FBS, and his 2.82 slot receiving yards per route run ranked No. 5. In 2015, he ranked No. 1 with 3.33 slot yards per route run.
He’s been especially dangerous once he’s had the ball in his hands. His 953 yards after the catch in 2015 were the most in the nation. In 2016, he was No. 2 with 875 yards after the catch.
The redshirt junior is also a viable deep threat. He caught 17 passes that were targeted 20 or more yards downfield in 2016, which is the most among returning FBS receivers.
Standing at just 5-foot-9, 176 pounds, there are concerns about his ability to be physical at the catch point, as well as catching passes outside of his frame.