Last season, the Florida State Seminoles entered the year with one of the best defensive players in college football thanks to defensive back Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey went on to become a top five pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, but the Florida State secondary should be able to move forward without missing a beat.
That is all thanks to sophomore defensive back Derwin James, who enters the 2016 season with plenty of hype.
In fact, according to one coach in the ACC, James has the talent and skillset to develop into a better player than Ramsey, who is set to begin his rookie season for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“Derwin James is flat scary good. He could probably start at all 11 positions. He’s one of those freaky guys who might be better than Ramsey when it’s all said and done,” the coach told Athlon Sports.
James, who was second on the team in tackles as a freshman with 91, recently underwent minor surgery.
The surgery is not expected to keep James out for an extended period of time and he should be back to 100 percent before the season really heats up and he claims he will be on the field for the season-opener.
— Derwin James Jr (@DerwinJames) July 30, 2016
This is all good news for the Seminoles, who once again enter the season with one of the top defenders in the nation.
But can James become an even better than Ramsey? It’s going to be exciting to watch that journey.
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