Derwin James   #33 FS

Height: 6-2   Weight: 215   Age: 22

Born: 8/3/1996 Dundee , FL

College: Florida State

Experience: 2nd season

High School: Haines City HS [FL]

TCKL

105

SCK

3.5

FF

0

INT

3

Draft 2018

Pick No.17

Selected By: Los Angeles Chargers

Round: 1

Pick (Overall): 17 (17)

Pick Analysis: Already considered one of the most impactful defenders in college football after his freshman year because of his tall, chiseled frame, long arms for sure tackling, and relentless nature, much was expected of James heading into 2016. He delivered in the opener against Ole Miss (eight tackles, interception), but unfortunately, a left lateral meniscus tear suffered in the second week of the season put him on the sideline for the rest of the year. Expectations were already through the roof for James as an All-Florida pick from Haines City High (94 tackles, four INT in eight games), where he was the top DB recruit in the country. But then he racked up Freshman All-American and third-team All-ACC (league media) honors after an outstanding freshman season where he played in all 13 games, starting the final eight (91 tackles, 9.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks, five pass break-ups, two forced fumbles). James had 14 stops, two for loss, and a sack against Houston in the 2015 Peach Bowl. James' junior season went about as expected, as he earned second-team AP All-American and first-team All-ACC honors with 84 tackles, 5.5 for loss, two interceptions, 11 pass break-ups, and a blocked kick. He started 12 games on the year, skipping the Independence Bowl to focus on preparing for the NFL Draft. James' mother nicknamed him "Pooh Bear" after he was born because he was "so hairy" and "plump."

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  1. Chargers select Derwin James No. 17 in the 2018 NFL Draft

    Published: April 26, 2018 at 10:03 p.m.

    The Los Angeles Chargers select Derwin James No. 17 in the 2018 NFL Draft.

  2. Instant Draft Grade Derwin James: A+

    Published: April 26, 2018 at 10:04 p.m.

    NFL Network's Bucky Brooks gives the Los Angeles Chargers an A+ for their selection of Florida State safety Derwin James.

  3. Derwin James on becoming a Charger: 'I'm coming into a great system'

    Published: April 27, 2018 at 11:41 p.m.

    Los Angeles Charges No. 17 draft pick Derwin James joins 'NFL Total Access' and talks about his experience and being drafted.

  4. Breaking down Derwin James' college highlights

    Published: April 13, 2018 at 08:05 p.m.

    Watch to see a breakdown of Florida State safety Derwin James' college highlights.

  5. What's the NFL ceiling and floor for Derwin James?

    Published: March 29, 2018 at 06:46 p.m.

    NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Curtis Conway break down what Florida State safety Derwin James' ceiling and floor is in the NFL.

  6. Derwin James on falling to Chargers at No. 17: 'I've got something to prove'

    Published: April 26, 2018 at 10:04 p.m.

    Florida State safety Derwin James reacts to being picked No. 17 overall by the Los Angeles Chargers.

  7. Back2Campus: Jalen Ramsey, Derwin James tour Florida State

    Published: April 4, 2018 at 08:08 p.m.

    Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey goes Back2Campus a Florida State University where he meets former teammate Derwin James ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft.

  8. Derwin James' full 2018 NFL Scouting Combine workout

    Published: April 2, 2018 at 06:07 p.m.

    Watch Florida State DB Derwin James participate in drills at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.

  9. Derwin James: I feel like I'm the best defensive player in this draft

    Published: April 5, 2018 at 06:44 p.m.

    Florida State safety Derwin James joins 'Up to the Minute' to talk about the upcoming NFL Draft, what separates him from other defensive backs and more.

  10. Derwin James 2018 NFL Scouting Combine workout

    Published: March 3, 2018 at 02:45 p.m.

    The 2018 NFL Scouting Combine workout from Florida State safety Derwin James.

  11. Derwin James brings his mother, Shanita, on the red carpet

    Published: April 26, 2018 at 06:19 p.m.

    Florida State safety Derwin James and his mother Shanita Russell talk about their excitement for Round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft.

  12. Derwin James: 'I'm going to make a defensive coordinator happy'

    Published: March 20, 2018 at 06:51 p.m.

    Florida State safety Derwin James chats about his pro day performance and his health, and his interview is crashed by Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

  13. Peter Schrager: Derwin James is a true safety who will be fantastic in NFL

    Published: March 6, 2018 at 09:45 a.m.

    NFL Network's Peter Schrager explains why Florida State safety Derwin James is the Combine player whose draft stock rose the most.

  14. Brooks: Derwin James is a 'rock em, sock em' safety, a la Kam Chancellor

    Published: March 20, 2018 at 06:22 p.m.

    NFL Network's Bucky Brooks breaks down Florida State safety Derwin James and gives his best pro comparison.

  15. Florida State DB Derwin James runs a 4.47 40-yard dash

    Published: March 5, 2018 at 01:38 p.m.

    Florida State DB Derwin James runs a 4.47 40-yard dash at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.

  16. Derwin James highlights

    Published: Feb. 5, 2018 at 08:17 p.m.

    Check out highlights from Florida State safety Derwin James.

  17. See how Derwin James' combine compared to Jalen Ramsey's

    Published: March 5, 2018 at 02:42 p.m.

    A side-by-side comparison of Florida State alumni cornerback Jalen Ramsey and safety Derwin James as they run the 40-yard dash.

  18. Five things to know: Derwin James

    Published: Sept. 11, 2017 at 05:13 p.m.

    Check out the Florida State safety Derwin James' greatest highlights on and off the field.

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