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FSU’s Derwin James goes to the Chargers with 17th Overall pick

Jamil King

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(USA Today)

Derwin James sudden fall finally ended. James was picked at 17. The Los Angeles Chargers ended the slide for the versatile defender. Bucs fans may have wanted him, instead he heads to the West coast.

James became the fifth former Florida State Seminole defensive back ever drafted in the top 20. The others were all successes. His range and finishing ability as well as confidence will immediately plug into the back end of the Chargers secondary and supply thump.     

Here’s what the NFL.com experts have to say about James:

Possesses the desired physical traits and mental makeup of an All-Pro safety who has the ability to not only set a tone but change the course of games. Although James is extremely athletic and talented, he still has room for improvement as a run defender and in coverage. James’ talent is best utilized in an active, attacking capacity in a robber role or near the line of scrimmage where he can support the run, blitz and handle physical coverage responsibilities. 

The Chargers who will compete for the AFC west title get a steal in the middle of the draft. James versatility will allow him to shuffle around the defense and be another weapon for the Chargers.

His 4.5 sacks his freshman year showcased his ability to get to the QB. His hard hits were on display several times during his time in garnet and gold. The Chargers certainly were lucky to land James who had been projected as high as a top ten pick by some prognosticators. 

Jamil King is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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