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