Florida State safety Derwin James has played his last game as a Seminole. James has elected to sit out the upcoming Independence Bowl, and announced he would be entering the NFL Draft forgoing his senior season.
James is following in the footsteps of Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey from a year ago at this time, in the growing trend of sitting out the Bowl game to avoid further injury.
James missed almost his entire sophomore season with a torn meniscus in his left knee and subsequent surgery. He came back with a solid 2017 bounce-back season finishing the year 84 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions with one returned for a touchdown.
The decision for James stems from the fact that he will be a top 10 pick when the draft rolls around and could sneak into the top 5. With his versatility to line up nearly everywhere in the secondary, with the added potential to possibly make an appearance at linebacker in certain schemes, NFL teams will have plenty of options for him.
James had nothing but great things to say about the program in his goodbye message:
— DJ3 (@derwinjames6) December 5, 2017
James will finish his career with 110 solo tackles, 3 interceptions, and 5.5 sacks and will look to be the next great Nole defensive back at the next level.
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