PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02: Running back LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks reacts in the second half against the Wisconsin Badgers at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

2012 NFL Draft: LaMichael James Visits The Lions

LaMichael James will be picked in April's draft and he has already made one visit to Detroit.

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2012 NFL Draft: LaMichael James Visits Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions hosted former Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James for a visit on Wednesday. James is one of 30 players that the Lions plan to bring in before the NFL Draft, and Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was present at his pro day.

Said James, about the possibility of playing for the Lions:

"I feel like if I came here I would be just another weapon in the arsenal. They have a lot of great players, a lot of great running backs and I would just get in where I fit in."

The Detroit Lions have spent early draft picks on Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure in the last two drafts, but both have struggled to make an impact due to injuries. Leshoure tore his Achilles tendon in training camp and did not play a snap in 2011, while Best missed extended time due to a concussion. Best still has not been cleared to play football by doctors, and he has a history of concussions leading up to the one he suffered during the 2011 NFL season.

Head over to Pride Of Detroit for more on the Lions.


LaMichael James Officially Declares For 2012 NFL Draft

Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James has announced he has filed paperwork with the NFLwith the intent of entering the 2012 NFL Draft.

The 5-9, 195-pound Texarkana, Texas, junior leaves as Oregon's most prolific runner in school history. He finishes his college career with over 5,000 career rushing yards and 52 touchdowns. Perhaps more more importantly, he helped lead the Ducks to their first Rose Bowl win in 95 years this past Monday.

"My experience at the University of Oregon has been one unlike any other, and one I will never forget," James said. "I am grateful for the people I have met, the things I have learned, and the amazing community I have had the privilege of being a part of over the last three-and-a-half years. The community of Eugene welcomed me with open arms and has supported me since the day I arrived. I am lucky to have been a part of such an amazing place. I can truly say Eugene is my home away from home and a place I will always hold in high regards.

The Ducks will look to De'Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner to carry the load in Chip Kelly's spread option offense starting next season. The future is especially bright for Thomas, who had 155 yards for two touchdowns on just two carries in the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin.

For more on James and the Ducks, be sure to head over to the SB Nation blog Addicted To Quack. Check out our2012 NFL Draft hub for more news and analysis on potential prospects.


LaMichael James Will Declare For 2012 NFL Draft, According To Report

LaMichael James will forgo his senior season with Oregon to enter the 2012 NFL Draft, according to sources. He was a Heisman finalist during the 2010-11 season.

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