Name: Jalen James
School: Benedictine College
Position: ILB

Height: 5’11”
Weight: 242

What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?

Going into the season, I had been a 4x All-Heart of America LB, so I wanted to finally get Defensive POY this season. I also wanted to repeat as an All-American. Blessed to have been able to accomplish both of my goals.

Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?

I feel that I showed more progression. After playing a half decade of college football, each season I elevated and outplayed myself from the season before. NFL scouts and player personnels want guys who haven’t maxed out yet; they want players that continue to show growth in their game.

Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?

I hope my teammates and coaches look at me as a great leader, someone who can connect with a huge variety of people. Benedictine recruits all across the country, so being able to truly connect and have the upmost respect from literally every teammate can be looked at as a gift. Leader by example rather than vocal; I don’t have to say much for people to follow my footsteps. I just give off genuine love, it’s hard to not want someone like myself in your locker room. This can come off a bit cocky as I sit and answer this.

Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?

Unconscious cues and giveaways players do pre snap. We all do things prior to the snap that a great film studier could watch and predict. Just have to be patient and open minded enough to pick up on them.

Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?

My combination of aggression, in-game speed, intelligence, and relentlessness. Confidence in myself and abilities also helps separate me from the next guy.

Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?

Training hard with my trainer and taking care of business at a pro day in March. I know what I have to do, now I just have to go out and do it. I know I need to run a sub 4.7 40. If I can do that, with my film and accolades, I should have an opportunity to play at the next level.

Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?

I’m just a ball player. I love the game; I love this craft. I’m always looking for ways to improve my game, so having someone with the genuine desire I have in your locker room is great for all around me.

Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?

I’m ready. Never felt more ready. I’m going to continue to perfect my craft; let’s work!