James Starks Scouting Report
|Height & Weight:||6'2 - 211 lbs.|
2010 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
James Starks, RB, Buffalo
For three years James Starks was the heart and soul of the Buffalo offense. For a young program like Buffalo, it was Starks who deserves a lot of credit for turning things around. As a freshman in 2006, Starks led the Bulls in rushing with 704 yards and reached the end zone six times. But he was more than just a rusher, he also was second on the team in receptions. As a sophomore, Starks became Buffalo's first ever 1,000 yard rusher at the now FBS level. On top of his 1,103 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns, Starks added 311 receiving yards, two more scores and his second All-MAC second-team honors. Things got even better in 2008 when Starks ran for 1,333 yards and 17 total touchdowns. Obviously Starks and Buffalo had high expectations heading into the 2009 season. However, shoulder surgery in August put a quick end to his 2009 campaign and the Bulls have struggled without him. Starks did redshirt in 2005, so he may be tempted to enter the NFL Draft this season since his age will be a factor if he waits. However, he must prove to scouts at the combine that his injury is behind him and that he can continue to be a strong and productive running back. 4/10 Update: Starks obviously had some issues heading into the draft process since he missed his senior season with Buffalo, but he had a superb combine and is looking like a potential steal in the later rounds. The injury is behind him and he ran a good time in the 40 and did well in most of the other drills as well. He let those numbers stand during Buffalo's pro day in March, but he did take part in position specific drills. Starks has all the tools to be a quality back in the NFL and he would certainly be getting a lot more attention had he been around for his senior season. He will not get drafted before the fourth round, but he probably should.
Last Updated 2010-04-10T01:44-06:00 by Joel Welser