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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