By Cindy Davis //@XO_CindyDavis
Say hello to the newest Los Angeles Charger!
Excitement is high today as the Chargers got what some are calling the biggest steal of round one, selecting FSU Safety Derwin James at the number 17 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Many are surprised that he was still on the board when the Chargers were on the clock, so it was an obvious choice for the Bolts to make the call.
After not resigning free safety Tre Boston, the Chargers had an obvious need at this position. James told the Chargers in his interview with head coach Anthony Lynn, that he is willing to play any position they need, further adding to his value.
Taking a look at James as a player, he is the dynamic type of player who can come onto a roster and immediately make it better. James is 6’2 and weighs in at 215 pounds. Over his college career, he has shown how versatile he is by playing snaps at linebacker, strong safety, and cornerback. Suffering a left meniscus tear in 2016 did not stunt James’ development as a player.
In his 2017 season, he finished the year with 84 tackles and lead his team with 2 interceptions. Based on his gameplay, he also earned the second team All American honors. It is almost certain that he will be a starter from day one for this already stacked defense.
James will join a secondary including S Jahleel Addae, defensive back Casey Hayward, and cornerback Jason Verrett. Their new and developing players CB Trevor Williams and free safety Desmond King cannot be counted out either. This already dangerous secondary just got a lot more athletic and intimidating with this newest addition, and James will undoubtedly fit right in. In fact, Keenan Allen has already shown his approval for the pick in the following tweet:
Best secondary alert????
— Keenan Allen (@Keenan13Allen) April 27, 2018
It will be interesting to see what positions the Chargers look to add to their roster in rounds 2 and 3 of the draft, but so far, I approve of Tom Telesco’s first 2018 draft choice. I can’t wait to see all the picks and pass break-ups that are sure to come from the secondary this season. Welcome home, James Derwin!
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