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NFL.com draft analyst: FSU’s Derwin James ‘could develop’ into faster version of Kam Chancellor

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NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah likes Florida State safety Derwin James, to the point that he compared him favorably to Pro Bowler Kam Chancellor.


Jeremiah, a former NFL scout, wrote that James “could develop into a faster, more athletic version” of Chancellor.

Chancellor is entering his eighth season with the Seattle Seahawks; he is a four-time Pro Bowler and a two-time second-team All-Pro known for his big hits.

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Jeremiah called James “a wow player … (with) a unique physical skill set, which allows him to make plays all over the field. I like him best when he’s around the line of scrimmage.”

Chancellor is 6 feet 3 and 225 pounds; James, a sophomore, is listed at 6-3 and 211.

James missed all but two games last season because of a knee injury; he was granted a redshirt year, but conventional wisdom is he turns pro after the 2017 season. As a true freshman in 2015, he had 91 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, five pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

James is healthy now, and he and the Seminoles open the season September 2 against Alabama at Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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