FSU safety Derwin James declares for NFL Draft

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Florida State safety Derwin James announced Tuesday he will forgo his final season and declare for the NFL Draft. He will not play in the Seminoles’ Independence Bowl game against Southern Miss on Dec. 27.

“After a lot of prayer and plenty of conversations with my coaches and especially my teammates, I’m ready to begin preparing for my next chapter: Becoming the next great Florida State DB in the NFL,” James wrote on The Players’ Tribune. “I feel extremely grateful that every person I spoke to supported my decision to begin my training immediately. They all know how much this program means to me, and they saw firsthand how much it killed me to be away from the field when I injured my knee last year. It’s hard to really believe I’ll never wear that garnet and gold uniform again, but everyone I’ve reached out to has agreed that this is the best decision for me and my family.

“But that doesn’t make it any easier to say goodbye.”

James made 84 tackles, two interceptions and 11 pass breakups this season.

Three University of Texas players — cornerback Holton Hill, safety DeShon Elliott and left tackle Connor Williams — have opted to skip their team’s bowl game and enter the draft.

7 responses to “FSU safety Derwin James declares for NFL Draft

  1. Bowl games are pure money grabs. I used to remember how important the few were. Now I can’t name 1/4 of them. All you need is a .500 record.

    Good to see players walk away.

    And stop with the free education stuff. My kids all went to college for free because we started working on (non athletic) scholarships in the 7th grade. Besides, many non fan supported programs get supported by the over supported football team. He did his part.

  2. It was pretty much a nightmare season for the Seminoles this year. I’d get out of there ASAP too if I had the money waiting for me that he does.

  3. What is the plan for college’s not to let bowl games just go to crap without the top tier players? These kids have an obligation to play these games? They were given an entire free education as compensation to be responsible to play the games. At least they should have to pay back the value. How can you just bail on your team? I get the financial risks but there has to be personal responsibility for it to. The college got you to this point of your career.

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