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Matt Bowen Sees FSU's Derwin James as Best Fit for Bolts
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Several first-round prospects will be linked to the Los Angeles Chargers over the next two months, but not all will be capable of making an immediate impact in 2018.
ESPN’s Matt Bowen joined Chargers Weekly from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis to answer 10 draft questions for fans. When asked which prospect was the best fit for Los Angeles at No. 17 overall, the former defensive back selected one of his own: Florida State safety Derwin James.
“That’s a guy you want to put in a certain scheme to maximize his talents,” Bowen said. “You’re talking about LA with Coach (Gus) Bradley and what they do in three-deep coverage, you put him in as a strong safety there and you let him go.”
The 6-3, 211-pound James was a second-team All-American in 2017. He logged 84 tackles (5.5 for loss), one sack and two interceptions for the Seminoles one season after a meniscus injury that cut his 2016 campaign short.
Bowen lauded James’ natural athleticism, which is likely to catch the eye of several NFL teams in Indy.
“Here’s the thing, this week he might really climb,” he said. “You might start talking about top 15.”
James and the rest of the defensive back prospects will take center stage at the combine on Monday, March 5 on NFL Network.
Listen to the entire interview with Bowen below. Head coach Anthony Lynn also joined the podcast to discuss his Hall of Fame coaching tree.
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