Derwin James Draft Profile

Derwin James draft

Strengths:

  • High foootball IQ
  • Leadership
  • Size
  • Versatile
  • Hard hitter
  • Savvy blitzer
  • Athleticism
  • Can cover backs and tight ends

Analysis: Derwin James is the ultimate alpha male and will instantly impact an NFL team’s locker room as soon as he’s drafted–in a good way. He is a film room addict, constantly watching film during the week, weekend, while he sleeps, eats etc. When he talks, players listen. Hits all the height, weight, speed marks you want for an early-round safety. Extremely versatile weapon. Can be deployed anywhere on the field on any given snap. He doesn’t just look to hit, he looks for the football once he ranges to the spot. Used in hybrid role near the line of scrimmage. Reliable in his fits and standing up to the run or peeling off and covering tight ends. Savvy blitzer with speed and athleticism to get home. Smooth, loose movement allows for coverage potential against big slots. Solid open-field tackler with reactive athleticism to handle late elusiveness.

Weaknesses:

  • Vision, reading the QB
  • Slow reads, slow reactions
  • Angles of pursuit
  • Medical history
  • Has taken plays off on tape

Analysis: Derwin James is an athletic safety who can affect the game in a multitude of ways. He does have some flaws in his game, mainly reading and diagnosing plays. He needs balanced eyes. On tape, he gets locked in on receiver routes and loses sight of quarterback’s developing intentions. Slow reads lead to slow reactions. Waits a step too late to support over the top and can miss his window for help. Needs better anticipation in coverage. James often absorbs contact flat-footed rather than initiating contact. Can improve pursuit angles. Despite his intensity, will still coast on some snaps. Has limited experience. Has played in just 26 college games. Has a torn ACL in his medical history.

Size: 6’3 215lbs

What the executives say: “He is going to be the dude in any locker room he ends up in. That’s his makeup. Physically, he’s probably more talented than Jamal Adams but Adams was more consistent as a player. Derwin is still learning so he has a sky-high projection if his play can catch up to the talent.” — NFC Scouting Director

Draft Rank: No.1 Safety

NFL Comparison: Jamal Adams

Draft Projection: Top 20

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