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Derwin James
American football defensive back

Derwin James

Derwin James
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Intro American football defensive back
Is American football player Football player
From United States of America
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 3 August 1996, Haines City, Polk County, Florida, USA
Age 26 years
Star sign Leo
Relatives: Mike JamesVince WilliamsKarlos Williams
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 98 kg
Florida State University
Auburndale High School
Haines City High School
Sports Teams
Los Angeles Chargers
Florida State Seminoles football
Derwin James
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Derwin Alonzo 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.

Early years

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.

College career

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.

Before his sophomore season, James was ranked as the third-best second year player, behind only Josh Rosen and Calvin Ridley, by Lance Zierlein. On September 13, 2016, it was revealed that James would undergo knee surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear and cartilage damage. Recovery time required 5 to 7 weeks. His sophomore year was short-lived, as James only played two games with 11 tackles and an interception. He was granted a redshirt for his following year, and as a redshirted sophomore in 2017, he played in 12 games, finishing with 84 tackles, 2 interceptions, 11 passes defended, and a sack. On December 7, 2017, James decided to forgo his remaining two years of eligibility and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Professional career

On December 5, 2017, James released a statement through his Instagram account that announced his decision to forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the 2018 NFL Draft. As a result of his decision, he also chose to skip the 2017 Independence Bowl. James attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and completed the majority of combine drills, but opted to skip the short shuttle and three-cone drill. His combine performance impressed scouts and draft experts as he finished third among all defensive backs in the bench press and ninth among all safeties in the 40-yard dash. He also finished fifth among all defensive backs in the broad jump and sixth in the vertical.

On March 20, 2018, James participated at Florida State's pro day, but opted to stand on his combine numbers and only ran the short shuttle, three-cone drill, and positional drills. James also attended pre-draft visits with the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but reportedly declined to attend a private workout with the Buccaneers who held the 12th overall pick. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, James was projected to be a first round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was expected to be one of the first 15 players drafted. He was ranked the top free safety prospect in the draft by DraftScout.com and was ranked the second best safety by NFL analyst Mike Mayock and Sports Illustrated.

Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1+34 in
(1.87 m)
215 lb
(98 kg)
33 in
(0.84 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
4.47 s 1.55 s 2.59 s 4.34 s 7.34 s 40 in
(1.02 m)
11 ft 0 in
(3.35 m)
21 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Florida State's Pro Day

The Los Angeles Chargers selected James in the first round (17th overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft. James was the second safety drafted in 2018, behind Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (11th overall, Miami Dolphins).

On June 1, 2018, the Los Angeles Chargers signed James to a fully guaranteed four-year, $12.38 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $7.09 million.


James entered training camp slated as the starting strong safety, but suffered a hamstring injury that limited his progress. He also saw competition for the role from veterans Adrian Phillips and Rayshawn Jenkins. Head coach Anthony Lynn named James the starting strong safety to begin the regular season, alongside free safety Jahleel Addae.

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 in their 38–28 loss. On September 23, 2018, James collected nine combined tackles, deflected a pass, and made his first professional interception during a 35–23 loss at the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3. James made his first career interception off a pass attempt by Rams' quarterback Jared Goff, that was originally intended for tight end Gerald Everett, in the endzone during the second quarter. On December 18, 2018 he was named to his first Pro Bowl in his rookie year. On July 28, 2019 James was ranked No. 31 on the NFL Top 100 players of 2019 list.


On August 15, it was revealed that James had been dealing with a stress fracture in his right foot. The injury required surgery, requiring a maximum of three months to recover. He was placed on injured reserve on September 1, 2019. He was designated for return from injured reserve on November 25, 2019, and began practicing with the team again. He was activated on November 30, 2019.


On September 5, 2020, James was placed on season-ending injured reserve after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on December 15, 2020, and moved back to injured reserve on January 7, 2021.


Derwin James
James (#33) playing against the Baltimore Ravens in 2021.

The Chargers exercised the fifth-year option on James' contract on April 30, 2021, which guarantees a salary of $9.05 million for the 2022 season.


On August 17, 2022, James signed a four-year, $76.4 million contract extension with the Chargers, including $42 million in guaranteed money.

NFL career statistics

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Cmb Solo Ast Sck PD Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR
2018 LAC 16 16 105 75 30 3.5 13 3 30 0 23 0 0 0
2019 LAC 5 5 34 0 11 0.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2020 LAC 0 0 Did not play due to injury
2021 LAC 15 15 118 75 43 2.0 5 2 20 10.0 15 0 3 0
Career 36 36 257 173 84 5.5 19 5 50 10.0 23 0 3 0

Personal life

James is a cousin of Vince Williams and Karlos Williams, both former Florida State Seminoles players, as well as Mike James, former Miami Hurricanes running back. He is also the second cousin of former Miami Hurricanes and NFL star running back Edgerrin James. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

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