ATB Draft Prospect: Derwin James

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are well into their Free Agency period and will be looking for college program’s Pro Days.


On Tuesday, Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s General Manager Jason Licht was in attendance for the Florida State University Pro Day. Speaking on the topic of the 2018 NFL Draft, I want to focus today’s possible #7 pick on Florida State DB Derwin James.

James vs. Other Prospects

James is the second ranked player by position according to CBS Sports & USA Today as an interesting and highly talented draft prospect. James no doubt has a high motor, knack for getting the football, and making splash plays.

This is clearly something the Bucs, who own the 7th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, will be looking for in a player.

Silver Lining with the Garnet and Gold

James was one of the unsung leaders in the Noles secondary. After injury kept James off the field in 2016, James came back in 2017 and showed why he is no doubt a top prospect and will be a play-maker in the NFL. 

In just his two years at Florida State, you could say James was considered the jack of all trades with his various skills he brought to the table.

With the Bucs needing another cover defensive back, I could see James helping current starters Brent Grimes and Vernon Hargraves III.

What the “Experts” are Saying

Some draft experts think drafting James at seven is too high. I remember when the Bucs passed on a corner back  for a safety named Mark Barron and how did that work out?

I believe with James he can clearly fill a need the Bucs have missed on for a long time. A deep cover guy with a winning attitude.

The Bucs over the past few seasons have been left exposed to a lot of explosive plays by various teams. I can say with the addition of James, he will be able to cut down those explosive plays down the field.

According to Pro Football Focus, James’ last season was ranked among the best at Low Catch Rates allowed by Power Five Conferences compared to other 2018 NFL Draft Safeties at 44.7%.  


Jacksonville Jaguars star play-maker and former FSU corner back Jalen Ramsey was criticized for his lack of interceptions coming out of FSU. I strongly believe James will be an instant impact wherever he is drafted, and I think Pewter and Red fit him nicely.  

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