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Chargers Draft Dynamic FSU Safety Derwin James

The player many considered the top safety prospect in this year's draft is heading to the Bolts.

With the 17th overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers selected Florida State safety Derwin James.  Long considered a lock for the top 10, the Bolts couldn't believe their luck when James was still available at 17.

We will have comprehensive coverage on James throughout the night, including our exclusive interview with the newest Charger, first impressions from General Manager Tom Telesco and Head Coach Anthony Lynn, film breakdown and much more.

For now, here are highlights from James' prospect profile written before the draft:

Derwin James

Position: Safety
School: Florida State
Height: 6-2
Weight: 215 pounds
NFL Network Pro Comparison: Eric Berry

It's easy to see why all 32 NFL defensive coordinators are salivating over the chance to add Derwin James to their secondary.

There's simply nothing he can't do.

James is a force against the run and one of the most powerful tacklers in the entire draft.  Scouts love the way he explodes through the ball carrier, as well as his ability to close in the blink of an eye. The safety is also strong in coverage with tremendous range defending the pass.

The 6-2, 215-pound James was flat-out dominant in 2017, recording 84 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 11 passes defensed, two picks and one sack.  He even blocked a kick on special teams for good measure. 

James is also a favorite of numerous pundits.'s draft analyst Lance Zierlein notes how he is an "absolute alpha in the locker room" and an "extremely versatile weapon (who) hits all the height, weight, (and) speed marks you want for an early-round safety."

James has the ability to single-handedly change the course the game, which is why many pundits believe he will be an All-Pro early in his career.

Combine Metrics
40-Yard Dash:4.46 seconds
Bench Press: 21 reps
Vertical Jump: 40.0 inches
Broad Jump: 132.0 inches

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