Scouting Report: James Graves, ILB, Central Arkansas

#10 | Bassfield, MS | 6000 | 235 | 4.72E | 2018 | @jgii_10


A run-stuffing linebacker who possesses a true nose for the football and likes to deliver the boom. He does well working through the trash and utilizes his long arms to shed oncoming blockers, while showing the ability to disengage quickly and make the tackle. An excellent wrap up tackler who squares up his shoulders and takes good angles in pursuit. He played a key role in guiding the UCA Bears to 20 wins over the past two seasons, after transferring from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where he was a two-year starter. He finished his two-year career at UCA with 119 total tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery. He was also a leader in the classroom with a 3.62 grade-point average in computer science and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team. While he generates a strong push and has demonstrated the ability to barrel through chip blocks, his overall physique will benefit from being in a NFL weight training program. He continues to enhance his footwork and change of direction quickness during the pre-draft process, while improving his waist/knee bend flexibility. This player currently projects as a valuable backup at the next level with his ability to stuff the run, combined with his experience as a four-year starter and special teams play, which should earn him a look as an undrafted priority free agent.


2017: Started all 12 games played, at linebacker … ranked third on the team with 70 tackles (24 solo) … made 5.0 tackles for loss -10 yards … recorded three sacks … had one pass breakup … collected season-high 11 tackles vs New Hampshire.

2016: Appeared in 13 games, making 10 starts, at linebacker…ranked fifth on the team with 49 tackles (19 solo)…made 4.5 tackles for loss for -10 yards…recovered one fumble…had a season-high 12 tackles (six solo, six assisted) and one tackle for loss (-1 yard) at Arkansas State…collected eight tackles against Lamar (two solo, six assisted) and Nicholls (one solo, seven assisted)…collected a season-high three tackles for loss for -9 yards against Lamar…recovered a fumble at Stephen F. Austin

Previous School: Led Mississippi Gulf Coast CC with 95 tackles in 2015, including 55 solos… honors program… member Phi Theta Kappa with a 3.8 grade-point average.

High School: played at Bassfield (Miss.) High School… was a 2012 MaxPreps All-American linebacker… 2012 Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game… 2012 All-State linebacker… 2012 2A Defensive Player of the Year… 2012 state champions (16-0 record)… 4-year letterwinner in basketball… Wendy’s High School Heisman award… class valedictorian… Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, FCA… 4.019 GPA.


2016 13 19 30 49 4.5 10 1 0 1 0
2017 12 24 46 70 5.0 10 1 0 0 0
Total 25 43 76 119 9.5 20 2 0 1 0
SACKS GP UA A Total Yards
2016 13 0 0 0 0
2017 12 0 1 0.5 3
Total 25 0 1 0.5 3

Author: Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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