Derwin James’ stock continues to rise as the NFL draft nears closer.
The former Florida State safety recently landed at No. 8 in The MMQB’s big board.
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock is effusive in his praise of James heading into the NFL combine, which begins Friday, March 2.
NFL Network's Mike Mayock on Derwin James: "In today's NFL, which is a pass-first league, when you can drop a safety down on a slot receiver and feel comfortable, that guy is worth his weight in gold.
— Curt Weiler (@CurtMWeiler) February 26, 2018
James was definitely the heart and soul of the Florida State defense in his three seasons in Tallahassee.
The 6-foot-3, 215 pound James made his impact known right out the gate for the Seminoles, earning Freshman All-American and third-team All-ACC for tallying 91 tackles (9.5 for loss) 4.5 sacks, five pass break-ups, and two forced fumbles in only eight starts.
Unfortunately, a left lateral meniscus tear suffered in the second week of the season sidelined James almost all of his sophomore season, however he recovered in 2017 to post 84 tackles (5.5 for loss) two interceptions and 11 pass break-ups.
Even though Florida State finished 7-6 last season, James was recognized as a second-team AP All-American and first-team All-ACC member.
James has the versatility to thrive at the pro level and become the next great defender to come out of Florida State.
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