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James Cleveland Scouting Report

Position: WR
Conference: AAC
School: Houston Cougars
Year/Status: Declared
Jersey Number: #19
Height & Weight: 6'2 - 205 lbs.

2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
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James Cleveland, WR, Houston

James Cleveland started his collegiate career at Iowa before heading to the junior college level and finally ending up at Houston. Cleveland spent two years at Iowa, one as a redshirt and one as a roleplayer at wide receiver. On an Iowa team that does not pass too often, Cleveland did quite well catching 36 passes for 464 yards in 2007. Since he had already used his redshirt year, Cleveland opted to spend 2008 at Trinity Valley Community College before heading closer to home with the Cougars.

It was with Houston that Cleveland came onto the national scene. In a pass happy offense, Cleveland emerged as the team's go-to-receiver in 2009 and caught a team high 104 passes for 1,214 yards and 14 touchdowns. And he put up those numbers despite missing two games late in the year with an ankle injury. Cleveland and Houston had high expectations heading into 2010, but an injury to quarterback Case Keenum and backup Cotton Turner put the passing game in turmoil. David Piland has done an admirable job filling in for the injured signal callers, but he is no Keenum. However, through 11 games (one of which Cleveland missed due to suspension) he has caught 57 passes for 800 yards and six scores.

Cleveland's success has been in part due to the system. He does not have the size to be a premiere NFL receiver. At 6-2 and 205 pounds, he is just not big enough to fill that role. Cleveland has good hands and runs good routes, but he is a slot receiver at the next level and should stay on the board until the fourth or fifth round.

Last Updated Nov-25-2010 by Joel Welser

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