The countdown continues to the 2018 NFL Draft on April 26th and Florida State’s Derwin James remains a hot topic for teams, especially those in the top half of the draft.
We have previously written about James’ gaining draft status, and the fact that he played in Tallahassee on the hallowed Doak Campbell Stadium turf scores him some extra points with state school fans.
Along those lines, the NFL has produced and begun debuting a special “Back to Campus” short features for certain high priority draft picks. In these, the prospect is talking with a former star from their school, who also has played in the NFL.
In James’ case, the “host” is former Noles defensive back and current Jaguars Pro Bowl DB Jalen Ramsey. Here’s the feature:
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Ramsey, who was the fourth overall pick two years ago, is a bit of mentor to James already. And, in the feature he joins the guy likely to go as the first safety taken in the draft and they go behind the scenes at the FSU football facility, at “the Doak” and elsewhere at the school.
You get to see Ramsey and James talk about being in their locker room, running out through the Seminole logoed sign and then Chief Osceola slamming down the flaming spear at midfield.
One particularly humorous moment is when they are in the Seminoles “Sod Cemetary,” adjacent to the stadium and where they have collected grass from the opposing teams’ fields after a key victory. Some of the biggest wins in FSU history have plaques to commemorate them.
However, James points to the Orange Bowl where Florida State defeated Michigan in December 2016 and then, to the Independence Bowl last December in Shreveport, where FSU continued it’s over 40 year streak of winning seasons in tact with their victory over Southern Miss.
Humorous, because James missed the Orange Bowl after early season ending knee surgery in 2016, and chose not to risk further injury at the end of last year with the upcoming draft looming by playing in the Independence Bowl.
While James may not hear his name called quite as early as Ramsey did in 2016, he’s hoping to follow in the Jaguars DB’s footsteps for the first round. The NFL has invited James to be part of the draft extravaganza in Dallas to walk on stage with commissioner Roger Goodell. Just like his teammate Ramsey before him.
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