Derwin James – 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Derwin James



Position College Jersey Number Class Scheme
SS Florida State 3 RS-SO

Measurements (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

Listed Height Listed Weight Listed 40 Time Combine Height Combine Weight Arm Length Hand Size
6'2 212 4.52 6'1 215 33 9 1/2

Combine Results (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

40 Time Vertical Broad Bench 3-Cone Short Shuttle
4.47 40 11'0 21 DNP DNP


James finished his career at Florida State, where he played in 27 career games, had 186 tackles, 12.0 for loss, 3 interceptions, 12 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 fumbles recovered. He has good size, he has good speed, is a tackling machine, and is a good cover defensive back. He is also a very relentless defender, he wreaks havoc on defense, and is a hard hitter. He also has good ball skills, he is very physical, and does not back down. On the other hand, he whiffs on som tackles at times, he is not known for getting many interceptions, and he has had injury concerns in the past, as he missed all but 2 games in 2016 due to a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. With that said, I see James being the top safety taken, and a likely top 15 pick when it is all said and done.


Has good size

Tackling machine

Sure fire tackler

Has a non stop motor

Is in on every play

Does not give up on many plays

Has good speed

Is a good cover DB

Is versatile as he can play Safety and in the Slot

A hard hitter

Wraps up on tackles

A relentless defender

Wreaks havoc on defense

Has good instincts

Very physical

Does not back down

Has good ball skills

Does a good job of getting the backs and receivers down behind the line of scrimmage for a loss


Whiffs on some tackles at times

Not known for getting many INTs despite good ball skills

Missed all but 2 games in 2016 due to a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee

Career Stats:

Games Played: 27

Tackles: 186

Tackles For Loss: 12.0

Interceptions: 3

Pass Breakups: 12

Forced Fumbles: 2

Fumbles Recovered: 2