First of all, I am not a Florida or Florida State fan. I could care less what school you come from, as long as you can play. I do have concerns about picking Derwin James that high…and I don’t (along with lots of people in the NFL) think he is nearly as good as Fitzpatrick. I am not an SEC guy either and so there is no bias here.
Yes, James is a freak athlete and worthy of a first round pic, but at 7 our pick needs to be a playmaker. James does not make a lot of plays on the ball. His last season was not a strong one either…and so his ridiculous athleticism and combine numbers are key to his projection in the NFL. He is also one of those high-cut athletes that once they get into the league, seem to get hurt quite often. He could be a very good player…but there is a much rarer and more talented player ahead of him.
The reason so many are projecting Fitzpatrick in the top 7 is that the guy is a rare talent. A safety that can move up in the box, blitz, play centerfield but also SHUTDOWN a receiver on the outside or in the slot. When have we seen a safety do that? He is physical and has incredible ball skills…something that James seems to lack. The guy has 9 career picks and four pick sixes in his college career. He just seems to be a step ahead of everyone in the field. Also, he does not have the injury history of James as well.
If Nelson, Chubb, Barkley and Fitzpatrick are all gone at 7, I guess I would be fine with the James pick. James might end up being better than all of them…but to me those other four are the only sure things. James is much more of projection that they are.
My biggest fear with James is that with his style and body type, he will be a guy receiving lots of penalties and end up on IR quite a bit… I hope I am wrong and that he has a great career…but I have more doubts about him than the others.
If we didn’t have a promising Justin Evans I could be on board with Fitz but that would essentially give us 2 FS. I would take Ward over Fitz, which I pray doesn’t happen. I’m all in on the Davenport, James, Edmunds train. Really would like to know what scouts think about Edmonds becoming a DE/OLB hybrid Kahlil Mack type player.
This D would improve a lot more with Chubb and Terrell Edmunds, Justin Reid, Kyzir, Neal, or Marcus Allen, than it would with James and whoever else we can find at DE in the draft. Unfortunately Chubb is most likely not an option.
It’s glaring that we need some kind of trench player on D, James is great but this team gets pushed around too much upfront to pick a SS that high. You can scheme and get by with average SS play but you cant hide getting physically manhandled at the LOS.
Where is it in my responses that I care what school you come from? Also, basing your judgement on the fact that Barron sucked coming out of Alabama is just shallow thinking. Landon Collins turned out pretty good. There are busts out of every school. James did not play all that great last year…does that mean anything?
Last year was a disaster in Tallahassee and it all came from the top. Jimbo was going through personal shit, and he through in the towel early on. Also, FSU had one of the worst DCs in the country, Charles Kelly, who had no idea how to use any of his players. FSU’s defense was confused and out of position all year long, yet Derwin still played well. He’s going to be a MUCH better player in the league than he was in college. James > Minka
Not really a fan of taking a DB but if the Chubb, Nelson, and Barkley are gone we need to go BPA. I have James as BPA after them four and he’s the type of player that will be a better pro than college player. A do it all safety that brings us some tenacity and flexibility. He has Sean taylor type potential imo.
I’d trade down if the top 3 were gone but if we end up being stuck at 7. James is not a bad fall back option.
Denver would be our only possible trading partner for Chubb I believe, and how much Denver likes James decides if they would be willing to consider a deal. The Browns would probably have to take Barkley 4th, because I don’t think Elway would ever consider taking a RB that high and if the Browns take Nelson and we take Chubb maybe Indy would take James. It wouldn’t be a cheap to trade up, but a trade that netted us Chubb @5 and Denver more draft capital and James @7 could be good for both teams. I’m sure they’d love to have Chubb opposite Von Miller, so we’ll see, but hopefully it’s an option we explore and they consider.