The Penn State tight end is either scheduled to travel to Philadelphia for a pre-draft visit or be worked out by the team. Or maybe both. It's unclear. It is clear the Eagles were one of the teams watching James' individual drills up close at Penn State's pro day.
It's not a surprise that the Eagles are showing interest in James. Philadelphia hosted a few Penn State prospects on visits last week. The team also reportedly hosted USC's Randall Telfer for a pre-draft visit. The 2015 season could potentially mark Brent Celek's last one in Philadelphia so the Eagles are looking ahead to the future despite having Zach Ertz and Trey Burton in the fold.
James is a 20-year-old junior who measures in at 6-7, 261 pounds. He played in 35 games for Penn State over three years and finished with 78 receptions for 1,005 yards (12.9 average) and 11 touchdowns.
CBS Sports currently projects James to be a Day 2 or Day 3 pick. Here's a scouting report via NFL.com.
"Strengths - Long frame with room for more muscle. Flashed some straight-line speed in space. Shows a feel for when he comes open in the seam and will turn quickly to find the throw. Can make the occasional spectacular, one-handed catch. Works to the open space against zone coverage. Not content to stand in space. Continues to maneuver around within his area to uncover and present an open target to the quarterback. Can go up and over smaller defenders in red zone as a split end.
Weaknesses - Sluggish off the release and runs somewhat labored and mechanical routes, getting very limited separation against man coverage. Play demeanor lacks desired fire and aggressiveness. Does just enough as a run blocker. Doesn't handle power and movement in space as well as he needs to as a blocker. Gets hung up against jams at line of scrimmage and against physical defenders within his routes. Will try to run through defender rather than adjusting route. Inconsistent adjusting to poorly thrown balls and making the tough catch.
Bottom Line - Big, in-line tight end with room on his frame for more muscle, but he's limited by a lack of functional athleticism and a mechanical play demeanor. James isn't a plus receiver with great hands and he lacks the quickness to consistently free himself from man coverage, so he must become a more determined run blocker in order to have a shot at starting in the NFL."