Florida State safety Derwin James is already projected to be one of the top picks in next year’s NFL draft. The junior safety is also drawing comparisons to two first-round picks from the 2017 NFL draft.
“This is going to be a crazy combination, but I’m going to take two prospects from this draft we just finished. He has a mix of Jamal Adams and Reuben Foster in his game,” NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks said during this week’s Move The Sticks podcast. “He plays with a nasty streak and temperament, but he is an outstanding leader. He is one of my favorites.”
Adams was picked by the New York Jets at No. 6 overall during last month’s draft. Foster was picked by the San Francisco 49ers at No. 31 overall.
James missed the majority of the 2016 season due to a knee injury after entering with high expectations. As a true freshman, he recorded 91 tackles and 4.5 sacks, while also earning Freshman All-America honors.
“He’s a grown man. One of the best specimens you’ll see,” Brooks said. “A guy that is 6-3, and an old-school safety. He’s athletic, he can come down in the slot, he can blitz off the edge, and he can play the deep middle. He’s a natural leader and an alpha dog.”
James will make his return to the field on Sept. 2 when Florida State faces Alabama in Atlanta.
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