by Drew Boylhart
SR Staff Writer
December 2004
Erasmus James   DE   Wisconsin

Erasmus has excellent size, strength and speed for his position. He is a hard worker and does a good job at the point of attack in the college game. It looks as if he is still learning his position, but he has improved from year to year. He has very good upside potential to be a strong-side DE in a 4/3.

Needs to Improve

My big question is his mental toughness and I do not see a burst, even though he shows good speed. He must get bigger -- especially in his legs. He has improved from year to year, but I just think that he should make more of an impact by now and he hasnít.

Talent Board Round  1

With this kidís size and potential, you have to wonder why he isnít a top 5 or 10 pick? Maybe he will be by the time the draft gets here, but I wonder why not now? What I see on the film makes me believe that he is a boom or bust player and it has nothing to do with off field concerns because I havenít heard of any. It has to do with his lack of development into a Julius Pepper type of player, because he has that kind of physical talent. Now I know he hasnít played the game that long and yada, yada, yada- but I just think he should be further along by now. So my guess is that it will take him a good four or five years before he shows any impact in the NFL and that is where the problem for me exists. If he is project to be a 1st round player by the time draft day comes I just canít see training him to impact with another team once he gets to free agency. Remember, for me itís a business decision and if he becomes that good, Iíll just try to get him in free agency and let someone else pay to train him. He has excellent upside to his game I just think you are going to wait too long to enjoy it.