Derwin James is a versatile football player. He is capable of lining up at multiple spots in the same series, much less over the entire game. James has tremendous closing speed. His instincts are phenomenal. James ability to read the quarterbacks eyes and break on the football is special. He has the awareness to under the pick and to make the play on a screen. He is an excellent pass rusher off of the edge. James fires off like he was shot from a cannon. He is a sure tackler. James can cover wideouts better than most corners in this draft class.



Derwin James
RS Sophomore DS
6’2” 213
Florida State

Career Stats:
186 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 2 FR, 2 FF

Today we look at one of the best overall talents in this year’s draft. Derwin James was one of the best high school recruits in the nation. He was a five-star player from Haines City HS (FL), where he committed to play for the Seminoles three years before signing day. James was dominant as a true freshman with 91 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. He tore his meniscus in the second game of his sophomore season. James showed no ill effects from the injury this past year, recording 2 picks and 84 tackles.

2015: Houston (Bowl)
2017: Alabama, Syracuse, Clemson, Florida


James sometimes has an issue sifting through the trash to make a play. His turnover production (5 turnovers forced in two seasons) is not ideal for a player of his caliber. Especially if compared to Minkah Fitzpatrick (DB/Alabama) who has 11 turnovers forced in his career. James did have the season-ending knee injury in 2016, so his combine medical tests will be huge for him.


Derwin James is a hell of an athlete. He can be a centerfield roaming safety, an in the box linebacker like Deonne Bucannon or Mark Barron, or he could even play corner. The former Seminole should test out of this world at the combine. His final draft position will be ultimately determined by team needs and a plan for him. Whichever team makes the call to select James will be getting a Top-5 talent and potential All-Pro player.