Chargers select Derwin James with No. 17 pick - Dan Woike
One of the biggest needs on the Chargers defense was at safety, where the team seemed content to let last year’s starter, Tre Boston, walk in free agency. James’ reputation as a leader is one of the most noticeable traits in the entire draft. He gives the team a big, physical safety. The Chargers capitalized on James, one of the top-rated defenders in the draft, falling thanks to a run on quarterbacks and offensive tackles.
First Draft: Derwin James - Chargers.com (video)
Derwin James is ready to take the league by storm as he shares his passion for football and ready for his NFL journey.
Chargers Draft Dynamic FSU Safety Derwin James - Ricky Henne
James is a force against the run and one of the most powerful tacklers in the entire draft. Scouts love the way he explodes through the ball carrier, as well as his ability to close in the blink of an eye. The safety is also strong in coverage with tremendous range defending the pass
Instant analysis of the Chargers selecting safety Derwin James No. 17 - Will Reeve
However, James is also plenty strong to be able to finish tackles as evidenced by the 21 repetitions that he put up at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine. With James, defensive back Desmond King and cornerback Casey Hayward all at the third level of their defense, defensive coordinator should be able to be as creative as he wants with his schemes in 2018.
FSU’s Derwin James talks about being drafted by Chargers - Orlando Sentinel (video)
Florida State defensive back Derwin James talks about being draft by the Los Angeles Chargers, being passed on by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and his time with the Seminoles.
The Los Angeles Chargers select Derwin James 17th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft - PFF Analysis Team
With the 17th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers have selected Derwin James. PFF takes a look at what Chargers' fans can get excited for regarding James.
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