The Florida State Seminoles have been known for producing top-tier NFL talent on both sides of the ball. These last couple of seasons have been no exception as the NFL Draft has claimed 19 Seminoles, more than any other team in college. It looks as though they will be following that trend after this upcoming season with some big names going into the draft — and that doesn’t include Heisman Trophy winner James Winston as of yet.
There will never be a shortage of talent coming in at Florida State as they continue to reload with the best of them. The 2015 class won’t be any different with Derwin James, a five-star safety headlining the class. According to rivals.com, he is the top safety in the class and the No. 4-ranked prospect in the state of Florida.
He has been committed to the Seminoles since his freshman year of high school. Standing at 6-foot-2, 201 pounds, he is a very physical player with great field awareness. He has the skill set to jump in and play right away when he steps on campus, though a lot of that will depend on if P.J. Williams and Ronald Darby decide to stay or declare for the NFL Draft early.
Either way, James is a rare breed and will most certainly get his chances not only on defense, but special teams as well during his freshman year.
He will be a devastating enforcer over the middle, and is someone that can come up to the line and stop the run. His style of play fits the mold of this new defensive scheme that the Seminoles run. It will allow him to really utilize his athleticism, size, speed and strength all over the field. He is going to create big plays in both pass and run coverage.
The one slight against him is that he can get a little overzealous with his reads. It has put him out of position at times and makes things more difficult on himself, though he has demonstrated great closing speed. That is correctable and is something that just needs some fine-tuning. Other than that, he has the complete package to be the next big name for the Florida State defense.
Lining him up alongside Jalen Ramsey and Nate Andrews is a scary thought for opposing offenses, but one that the Seminoles nation can’t wait to see. There is no doubting he will make a name for himself at the next level, much like he has in high school.