Florida State’s Derwin James projected as fifth overall pick in 2018 NFL Draft by CBSSports.com

One of Florida State’s defensive standouts could be in line for an early selection in next year’s NFL Draft.

According to a projection by CBSSports.com analyst Chris Trapasso, safety Derwin James looks to be taken fifth overall by the Los Angeles Chargers. Trapasso mentions the need for a player like James to fill a void that has existed on the defensive end since the departure of one of their primary contributors after the 2015 season:

James is a similar type of player to [former Chargers safety Eric] Weddle, and he’s much bigger. James can be utilized everywhere in the secondary and even down in the box as a weakside linebacker. With Melvin Ingram, and Joey Bosa in front of him, James will be in prime position to make a ton of plays.

James, as a redshirt sophomore, will be draft-eligible after the season ends. Depsite missing the bulk of last year due to a knee injury, he has recorded 23 tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss over this season’s first four games. As a true freshman in 2015, he notched 91 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks en route to Freshman All-American and third team All-ACC honors.

The Seminoles visit Duke on Saturday.

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