STRENGTHS - Jamison is well put together with the lower body thickness to suggest power and durability. He is a decisive runner at the LOS that is quick to attack the open lane and shows enough vertical burst to squeeze through holes before the close. He runs solid routes and is able to consistently catch the ball cleanly and turn up-field without breaking stride. He is quick to diagnose the free man when left in to pass block and he is aggressive stepping up to meet his man at the POA. When pass blocking he is aggressive with his hands and plays with solid base and leverage.
WEAKNESSES - Jamison is not an innately explosive athlete and lacks the speed to gain the edge on stretch runs. He struggles to create on his own as he lacks the power to consistently run through tackles and shows limited quickness and elusiveness in tight spaces. His lack of speed also hurts him on pass routes, as he struggles to separate from LBs that carry him early in man coverage. He struggled to stay on the field during his last three games in 2012 due to an ankle injury that severely limited his burst and agility.
SUMMARY - Jawan Jamison was just a red-shirt sophomore this year and while he does not look like an elite prospect on film, considering his athletic limitations I'm not convinced another year at Rutgers would have benefitted his development more than entering the NFL early. He flashes the ability to make one cut and get North and South in a hurry but he lacks the long speed and lateral agility to be a threat on the edge or at the 2nd and 3rd level. He is too easily tackled by the first man at the POA as he is not an elusive runner and does not have the innate power needed to consistently run through arm tackles. Where I was most impressed with Jamison was on 3rd down, as he is a competent receiver out of the backfield and a competitive blocker in pass pro that utilizes a strong base to hold his ground at the POA. Jamison is likely to always be a backup or change of pace back but his ability to play on passing downs should earn him a roster spot on a team like Washington that utilizes a zone blocking scheme.