Ja'Wuan James

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Ja'Wuan James
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James at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine
No. 70 Miami Dolphins
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-06-03) June 3, 1992 (age 24)
Place of birth: Atlanta, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight: 318 lb (144 kg)
Career information
High school: Suwanee (GA) North Gwinnett
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2014)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016
Games played: 39
Games started: 39
Player stats at NFL.com

Ja'Wuan Amir James (born June 3, 1992) is an American football offensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Dolphins in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee.

High School[edit]

James attended North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Georgia, where he was teammates with Austin Shepherd. In his sophomore season, North Gwinnett advanced to the GHSA Class 5A state championship game with 13–2 record, where they lost 34–6 to Valdosta Lowndes led by Greg Reid and Telvin Smith.[1] As a junior, James helped North Gwinnett to a berth in state quarterfinals behind 10–3 finish, where they lost 20–3 to Alec Ogletree's Newnan.[2] In James's senior season, North Gwinnett finished with a 13–1 mark, earning Region 7-5A championship while advancing to the state quarterfinals, where they lost 35–0 to Camden County.[3] After the season, James was selected Class 5A All-State by Georgia Sportswriters, and was invited to play in the 2010 Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated the eighth best offensive tackle prospect in his class and the sixth best prospect from Georgia.[4]

College career[edit]

James attended the University of Tennessee from 2010 to 2013. He started 49 consecutive games for the Volunteers, all at right tackle. His 49 starts set a record for career starts by an offensive lineman in Tennessee history (passing Jeff Smith's 48 starts from 1992 to 1995).[5]

Professional career[edit]

He was selected by the Miami Dolphins as the 19th pick of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.[6] James was the highest selected Tennessee Volunteers offensive lineman since Charles McRae and Antone Davis in 1991.

James signed a four-year contract with the Dolphins on June 19, 2014.[7] He made his first career start in the Dolphins' season-opening win over New England on September 7, 2014.[8] He started 16 games for the Dolphins in 2014.[9] He started the first seven games of the 2015 season before suffering a toe injury.[10][11] He did not play in another game in the 2015 season after his injury.[10]


  1. ^ "Lowndes claims state title, 34–6". Valdosta Daily Times. December 16, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Newnan Defense Keys Win Over North Gwinnett In Rematch". Times-Herald. December 6, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Camden County 35, North Gwinnett 0". Gwinnett Daily Post. November 27, 2009. 
  4. ^ Ja'Wuan James - Yahoo Sports
  5. ^ Vols' James and McCullers headed to senior bowl
  6. ^ Dolphins select offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James with No. 19 pick
  7. ^ Josh Katzowitz, "Dolphins Agree to Four-year Rookie Deal With T Ja'Wuan James," CBS Sports, 19 June 2014.
  8. ^ James Walker, "Ja'Wuan James Grades Well in First Start," ESPN.com, 9 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Ja'Wuan James". nfl.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Ja'Wuan James". nfl.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016. 
  11. ^ Gantt, Darin (October 30, 2015). "Dolphins right tackle Ja'Wuan James to miss a month or more with toe". profootballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved September 25, 2016. 

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