Derwin James

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Derwin Alonzo James Jr. (born August 3, 1996) is an American footballstrong safety for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida State. He was drafted by the Chargers in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

For the American politician, see Darwin R. James.
American football player

Derwin James

James at FedExField in 2021
No. 33 – Los Angeles Chargers
Position: Strong safety
Personal information
Born: (1996-08-03) August 3, 1996 (age 25)
Haines City, Florida
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Haines City
(Haines City, Florida)
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2021
Total tackles: 219
Sacks: 5.0
Forced fumbles: 3
Interceptions: 4
Pass deflections: 17
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

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James attended Auburndale High School in Auburndale, Florida before transferring to his hometown Haines City High School in Haines City, Florida.[1][2] He was rated by Rivals.com as a five-star recruit and was ranked as the best safety and fifth best player overall in his class.[3] James committed to Florida State University to play college football after receiving a scholarship offer after his freshman year in high school.[4][5][6]

James entered his true freshman season at Florida State in 2015 as a backup, but eventually became a starter.[7][8][9][10] As a freshman in 2015, James played in 12 games with 91 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four passes defended, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.

Before his sophomore season, James was ranked as the third-best second year player, behind only Josh Rosen and Calvin Ridley, by Lance Zierlein.[11] On September 13, 2016, it was revealed that James would undergo knee surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear and cartilage damage. Recovery time required 5 to 7 weeks.[12] His sophomore year was short-lived, as James only played two games with 11 tackles and an interception. He was granted a redshirt for his following year, and as a redshirted sophomore in 2017, he played in 12 games, finishing with 84 tackles, 2 interceptions, 11 passes defended, and a sack. On December 7, 2017, James decided to forgo his remaining two years of eligibility and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.[13]

On December 5, 2017, James released a statement through his Instagram account that announced his decision to forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.[14] As a result of his decision, he also chose to skip the 2017 Independence Bowl.[15] James attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and completed the majority of combine drills, but opted to skip the short shuttle and three-cone drill. His combine performance impressed scouts and draft experts as he finished third among all defensive backs in the bench press and ninth among all safeties in the 40-yard dash. He also finished fifth among all defensive backs in the broad jump and sixth in the vertical.[16]

External video
Derwin James’ NFL Combine Workout
Derwin James runs a 4.47 40-yard dash
Derwin James hits 40″ on his vertical
NFL Draft Profile: Derwin James

On March 20, 2018, James participated at Florida State’s pro day, but opted to stand on his combine numbers and only ran the short shuttle, three-cone drill, and positional drills. James also attended pre-draft visits with the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but reportedly declined to attend a private workout with the Buccaneers who held the 12th overall pick.[17][18] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, James was projected to be a first round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was expected to be one of the first 15 players drafted.[19] He was ranked the top free safety prospect in the draft by DraftScout.com and was ranked the second best safety by NFL analyst Mike Mayock and Sports Illustrated.[20][21]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press

6 ft 1+34 in
(1.87 m)

215 lb
(98 kg)
33 in
(0.84 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
4.47 s 1.55 s 2.59 s 4.34 s 7.34 s 40 in
(1.02 m)
11 ft 0 in
(3.35 m)
21 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Florida State’s Pro Day[22][23]

The Los Angeles Chargers selected James in the first round (17th overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft. James was the second safety drafted in 2018, behind Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (11th overall, Miami Dolphins).[24]

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Chargers draft Derwin James 17th overall
Derwin James’ draft reaction
James “I’ve got something to prove!”

On June 1, 2018, the Los Angeles Chargers signed James to a fully guaranteed four-year, $12.38 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $7.09 million.[25][26]

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