San Francisco 49ers Go Upside Selecting LaMichael James 61st Overall

January 2, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James (21) reacts after getting a first down against the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half during the 2012 Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

There were a lot of ways the San Francisco 49ers could have gone but few people had them going running back early. So it was a great surprise when the name LaMichael James was read out as the 61st Overall pick for the 49ers.

James is a highly athletic and talented back who projects to be a third down back similar to Saints Darren Sproles. What is odd about this pick is the talent the 49ers already have at running back with Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon all on the roster.

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Topics: Lamichael James, NFL Draft, San Francisco 49ers

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