NFL draft profile — No. 6: Florida State S Derwin James – Pro Football Weekly
Each day leading up to the 2018 NFL draft, I’ll break down one of my top 50 prospects. In some cases, we had to make tough omissions because of injuries, poor pre-draft workouts or incomplete information. For more complete scouting reports on all the prospects, check out the Pro Football Weekly 2018 Draft Guide, which is available for order now.
6. Florida State S Derwin James
6-foot-2, 215 pounds
Key stats: Averaged 6.9 tackles per game in his career and totaled 47 tackles in his final six college games.
The skinny: Widely considered the top DBder recruit in the country in 2015, James had been committed to the Seminoles for nearly three years on his Signing Day. And he didn’t waste any time making his impact felt at FSU following a legendary career at Haines City (Fla.) High. James played in 13 games (starting final eight games) as a true freshman and tallied 91 tackles (9.5 for loss), 4.5 sacks, five pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, two fumbles forced and two fumble recoveries in being named third team All-ACC in 2015 and placed on most freshman all-America teams.
In 2016, James started the first two games but suffered a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee against Charleston Southern and missed the remainder of the season, being granted a medical redshirt but traveling with the team to most road games. Came back strong in 2017 in leading the team with 84 tackles and starting all 12 games. James also added 5.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, 11 pass breakups, one sack and a blocked field-goal try at the end of regulation against Syracuse to preserve the victory.
James, who turns 22 in August, opted to declare for the 2018 NFL draft. He chose not to perform the shuttle drills or