Size: Jamison measured in at 5’7” ¾ at his pro day which is obviously short, but he tipped the scales at 207 pounds. Jamison is a great example of a player that is “short not small” because while he is just under 5’8” he weighs more than 200 pounds and it shows in his game. He may not be a game-breaker at the next level, but he can carry the load if asked to despite his shorter stature.
Speed: This is Jamison’s Achilles heel. He ran a 4.72 40 at his pro day and that is very slow for a NFL running back. You can see that he isn’t a burner when you watch him, but it was still disappointing to see him time that slow. He’s not going to win a lot of foot-races at the next level, but I still think he can be effective.
Quickness: This is one of Jamison’s strengths, he’s much quicker than he is fast and he has surprising shiftiness for a guy who packs so much punch as a runner. He is quick in and out of his cuts, changes directions well, and can make defenders miss in the open field at times. The quickness that Jamison has makes me believe that while he doesn’t have great straight line speed he can still get to and through the hole in the NFL.
Inside Running: Jamison’s between the tackles running is what is going to make him appealing to NFL teams. As I mentioned above he compensates for his lack of speed with impressive quickness and that is obvious when he runs between the tackles. He’s effective in short yardage and seems to know when he just has to get what he can. His strength and leg drive are both obvious when he’s running between the tackles as he runs through arm tackles with ease and keeps pumping his legs which helps him gain additional, tough yardage. On top of that his balance impressed me. He’s not going to rip off huge gains at the next level, but he can wear you down if you give him the carries.
Outside Running: This is one area where Jamison’s lack of speed really hurts him. He was able to get the edge at times when I watched him, but it often involved great blocking by his linemen or his tight end. At the next level he just isn’t going to be able to outrun defenders to the edge, and despite doing a good job of finding cut-back lanes running to the outside just isn’t playing to his skill set.
Receiving: Jamison is a very good receiver out of the backfield. He can make catches with his hands, and occasionally has made some catches in traffic. He is even used on downfield routes at times and he seems to track the ball well. I have no doubt that Jamison can contribute as a receiver early on in his NFL career.
Blocking: Jamison is a solid pass blocker but he could use some work. There are plenty of instances where he waits for the defender to reach him instead of stepping up and engaging him. His lack of elite size hurts him here, but he is strong enough to at least challenge bigger defenders. I haven’t seen him utilize a cut-block in pass protection at all, but that is something he could be taught in the NFL if he hasn’t been taught that yet. I don’t think he will ever be a great blocker, but I don’t think he will be a liability either.
Vision: I was impressed with Jamison’s vision. He didn’t dance too much in the backfield nor did he hesitate when running inside which was good to see. He still ran patiently and let his blocks set up, but seemed to run decisively once he found the hole. I don’t think Jamison will get a lot of outside carries, but he seemed to have a good feel for how to use his blockers to set defenders up on outside runs or in open space.
Ball Security: I don’t have many concerns about ball security with Jamison. He seemed to carry the ball high and tight and despite consistently fighting for extra yardage he never fumbled in the games I watched of him. He seems to protect the ball well and I wouldn’t anticipate problems with fumbles in the NFL.
Overall: Jamison doesn’t have a boatload of upside because of his lack of explosiveness and because he doesn’t have a lot of growing or developing to do outside of improving as a pass blocker. He is what he is, and that is a back who runs in the 4.7s in the 40 yard dash and is just under 5’8”. Those aren’t great measureables, but I do think he still warrants day 3 consideration and I think he will surprise some teams thanks to his quickness, vision and ability as a receiver. If he lands in the right situation he could be a good back-up right from day 1, and I think that if running back isn’t a big need but your team could use some depth at that position Jamison makes a lot of sense in the 4th-5th round range. He could even slip to round 6 because of the depth of this class. But I think he will be an effective NFL back, he just may never be a featured starter because of his lack of straight line speed.
Projection: 5th round. I have a 4th-5th round grade on him because despite his lack of straight line speed I like his game. I think he will be an effective back-up as a rookie.