2018 NFL Draft Grades: Chargers get an A for taking Derwin James after surprising fall


With the No. 17 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Chargers selected Derwin James, safety out of Florida State.

 Gus Bradley gets a safety who can do so many things. He’s a steal in this spot.

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Scouting report

Swiss Army knife at the second and third level of the defense. Probably best in the strong safety type role although he does have the burst to range from center field to make plays near the boundary. Can be high-volume tackler in . Effective blitzer.

Fantasy impact

 The Chargers ge ran out 5-3 winners over Kosovo in an enthralling contest in Southampton.Lazio’s Valon Berisha got the visitors off to a flying start after just one minute, before Raheem Sterling equalised after eight minutes.Harry Kane and an own goal from Mergimet a potential steal here in James, and he adds another key piece to a great secondary. He now joins Casey Hayward and Jason Verrett, areas Pereira was delighted with victory at Burnley.The win meant United closed the gap on Chelsea, at least temporarily before Frank Lampard’s side play Arsenal on Sunday, to one point and has given the squad a huge confidence boost.”Confidence is rend James could be a No. 2 defensive back in IDP leagues this year. Plan on taking James with a late-round pick in re-draft leagues, and he’s worth a second-round pick in IDP leagues with rookie options.

NCAA recap

 Derwin James got a tattoo of FSU’s logo on his left arm years before enrolling at the university and cemented his status as one of the most balanced, athletic defensive backs to come through the program. As the No. 5 ranked player in the 247Sports Composite for Class of 2015, James lived up to the hype as a true freshman by producing 91 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, five PBU, td to make PSG striker Kylian Mbappe the biggest transfer in history.Doubts over Mbappe’s future in Paris have emerged this week after an outburst at last Sunday’s French Football awards. The youngster conceded his future may lie elsewhere while speakwo forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in just eight starts.

Lofty expectations were placed on James and FSU’s defense entering the 2016 season, but a torn meniscus two games into the year sidelined him for the remainder of the campaign. James returned to action this past year and performed as arguably the top safety in the country after dealing with some rust, totaling 84 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, 11 PBU, and a sack. In addition to working as a deep safety, James has shown comfort rushing the passer as a pseudo defensive end, lining up in the slot or playing linebacker. He was one of the nation’s most versatile defenders in his two healthy seasons. James declared for the 2018 NFL Draft and skipped FSU’s contest in the Independence Bowl versus Southern Miss in order to start preparing for his pro career.

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