|18,296||2018||Derwin James||S||Florida State||6'3"||211||1st|
Derwin James opened everyone’s eyes in his freshman season, recording 5 and a half sacks, and 9 and a half tackles for loss. In his sophomore season, James suffered torn cartilage in his knee that caused him to miss most of the 2016 season. In his junior season, James recorded a sack and 6 tackles for loss.
Best Position Fit
Free Safety / Strong Safety.
When healthy, James is an interchangeable safety and an absolute boss on the field. He has the physical measurements and ball skills to match up against pass catchers. Regarded as one of the hardest hitting safeties in all of college football.
The knee injury has cast a dark cloud over Derwin James future in football. He does not have the explosion that he once had. Whether it is a mental or physical issue is still to be determined.
Derwin James is a gifted athlete. Unfortunately, he has not completely come back from a knee injury (torn cartilage) that sidelined him for most of the 2016 season. He hasn’t shown the playmaking ability he once did in his freshman year. It can take a couple of years to fully return from a serious knee injury. Florida State experimented with moving him to linebacker, and it is not out of the question for an NFL team to attempt the same thing.
His draft value is going to be all over the place, and he is certainly looking every bit like a candidate who could fall. If he has a great combine then everyone will quickly forget about the slight decline in 2017. For Derwin to be considered again as a top 10 draft pick, he needs to have a successful draft-season by performing well at the combine.