Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Derwin James

Safety
School: Florida State | Conference: ACC
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-2 / 215 | 40: 4.47 | DRAFT YR:2018

Rankings

Grade
4.64
Projected Round
1st
Bio: 
Two-year starter who was named Second Team All-America after making 84 tackles (5.5 for loss) with two interceptions and a team-high 11 pass breakups as a redshirt sophomore. Had his 2016 season cut short after two games due to a season-ending torn meniscus. Started eight games as a true freshman and finished with 91 tackles (9.5 for loss), 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and four pass breakups to earn ACC Rookie of the Year honors.
Pos: 
Explosive safety who plays physical football. Keeps the action in front of him, does a solid job reading the action and plays with a nasty attitude. Breaks down well, displays the ability to defeat blocks and makes plays on the ball carrier. Explosive, quickly arrives on the scene and shows suddenness. Hard-hitting and always willing to lay his shoulder into ball carriers. Fast both in a straight line and laterally, has an excellent closing burst and displays himself as a solid open-field tackler. Has good range and covers a lot of area on the field.
Neg: 
Plays back on his heels in coverage and must do a better job timing pass defenses. Lacks great skill over the slot receiver.
Analysis: 
James did a solid job returning from injury, though he does have limitations. He should be very effective as a traditional strong safety or in a zone system but will need to be protected in certain coverage situations. With proper coaching, he will be impactful at the next level.