Longtime Florida State pledge Derwin James was rarely challenged during seven-on-seven action, but he consistently made his presence known whenever quarterbacks targeted him. The 6'2", 201-pound safety snatched multiple interceptions and returned a couple of them for touchdowns and got in the way of several other attempts.
James looked very comfortable while covering the flat and seems to carry himself with the mentality of a linebacker. He featured a balanced skill set and the confidence to make an impact early at Florida State.
"I like covering receivers downfield and getting interceptions, but I really like hitting too," James said.
Though he couldn't lay the lumber at The Opening, he'll get a chance to do plenty of intimidating as a tackler in Tallahassee.
Where He Can Improve
James, a two-time visitor to Beaverton, looked better as the week progressed. There were times early during competition when receivers seemed to outwork him a bit before he locked things down Thursday.
His awareness and anticipation on deep pass attempts could be better at times, so he isn't forced to make up ground in a hurry to halt downfield attempts. There aren't many concerns about his game, but improved back-end coverage would only make him a more complete prospect.