Posts Tagged With: Derwin James

Defensive backs took over the 2018 NFL Combine

Derwin James

The final day of the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine was the most busy in terms of action on the field, as a group of 70 defensive backs (43 cornerbacks, 27 safeties) performed drills and showcased their skills in preparation for this year’s NFL Draft.

There were more defensive backs at the Combine than players at any other position, and it was the largest group of DBs in the event’s history.

According to the majority of reviews and recaps I’ve read, and after watching most of the DBs do their thing on TV, the biggest fish in the big pond was Florida State safety Derwin James. Continue reading

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Fitzpatrick leads college football’s award-winning DBs

Minkah Fitzpatrick

As a collective unit, Alabama has had the best defensive backfield in college football for at least the last three seasons — which coincides with the rise junior Minkah Fitzpatrick, the Crimson Tide’s do-everything DB who has lined up at safety, cornerback, and any other uniquely-named hybrid position that coach Nick Saban wants to use that particular week.

Fitzpatrick has been one of college football’s best defensive players during his time in Tuscaloosa, and earlier this month he earned two of the highest honors that a Division-1 defensive back can receive — short of the Heisman Trophy — when he won both the 2017 Chuck Bednarik Award and the Jim Thorpe Award. Continue reading

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Which school is the true ‘DBU’?

Earl Thomas (12) with the Longhorns

Earl Thomas (12) with the Longhorns

The thing with unofficial titles is that anybody can lay claim to them.

And in a competitive environment such as the big-time sports industry, where everybody is looking to own something that sets them apart from the pack, that means any attractive title you can imagine could have multiple entities claiming it as their own.

In college football, one such example is the unofficial moniker “Defensive Back University,” better known as “DBU.”

Generally defined as the football program that historically produces the best defensive backs and/or sends the most DBs to the pro level, “DBU” has been ascribed to no shortage of major-conference programs: LSU, Florida, Texas, Washington State, Miami, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State have all worn the mythical “DBU” crown in recent years. Continue reading

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Highlights: Florida State recruit Derwin James

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Derwin James is the best high school safety in the country, according to Scout.com. The senior from Haines City, Fla., is ranked No. 15 among all players in the Class of 2015 and No. 4 among DBs — behind cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield (Missouri City, Texas), Iman Marshall (Long Beach, Calif.) and Kevin Tolliver (Jacksonville, Fla.).

Standing 6-foot-1 and weighing 215 pounds, James has enough room to grow into his frame that some talent evaluators predict he’ll eventually be a linebacker in college. He also plays wide receiver for Haines City High School, but for now James is committed to Florida State as a safety. And FSU fans shouldn’t worry much about James changing his mind; the kid already has the Seminoles logo tattooed on his left shoulder. Here is some of James’ best work from last season: Continue reading

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