Florida State’s Derwin James knows where he want’s to go in the 2018 NFL draft, and he’s not afraid to let people know.
At the NFL Scouting Combine, James made a guarantee that he would be going in the top 10 of April’s draft.
He said NFL teams have mostly talked to him about playing safety or slot cornerback where he can cover man-to-man and blitz. As James put it, team’s told him he plays great in man-to-man coverage. Florida State lined up him at both positions, and even some as a linebacker.
They moved me around a lot. I can do it all, James said. I can play deep, I can cover a No. 2 (wide receiver), I can cover the tight end, I can play in the box, I can blitz. Whatever you need.
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He’s also a good block shedder. Vander Esch can be neutralized by a guard gaining Authentic Kevin Love Jersey a head of steam and diving at his feet, but so can most linebackers. One of Vander Esch’s most impressive traits is that he’s never out of a play, because he throws himself out of blocks and then 锟斤拷 like he often does at the line of scrimmage 锟斤拷 attacks the ball.
Vander Esch says he can play any linebacker spot. His primary position at Boise State was on the weak side, away from the tight end. That left Vander Esch guarding open zones in pass coverage on a lot of his snaps, but he was good at transitioning from coverage to pursuit as soon as he diagnosed that no receivers were coming his way.
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Covering tight ends solo, when he needs to, is a pride point.
It might turn out that it doesn’t matter where Evans plays, or where he’s listed on depth charts. He has real sideline-to-sideline speed, and his next team will deploy him plenty in coverage no matter where he lines up. Evans says he’s comfortable covering not just tight ends, but speedy slot receivers. He did that at least sometimes in Tuscaloosa.