Nationality: United States
Profession: Professional Football - Los Angeles Chargers
Favorite Blend: FITAID
- First-team All-Pro (2018)
- Second-team All-Pro (2018)
- Pro Bowl (2018)
- PFWA All-Rookie Team (2018)
- FWAA All-American (2017)
- 2× First-team All-ACC (2016, 2017)
- USA Today All-American (2014)
Derwin James Jr. (born August 3, 1996) is an American football strong safety for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida State. He was drafted by the Chargers in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
James attended Auburndale High School in Auburndale, Florida before transferring to his hometown Haines City High School in Haines City, Florida. He was rated by Rivals.com as a five-star recruit and was ranked as the best safety and fifth best player overall in his class. James committed to Florida State University to play college football after receiving a scholarship offer after his freshman year in high school.
James entered his true freshman season at Florida State in 2015 as a backup, but eventually became a starter. As a freshman in 2015, James played in 12 games with 91 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four passes defended, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.
In 2018, He made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the Los Angeles Chargers' season-opener against the Kansas City Chiefs and recorded three combined tackles, broke up two passes, and made his first career sack on quarterback Patrick Mahomes