(Wedge says something but you can’t hear him)
(Wedge says something again but all you hear is a muffled voice)
(Wedge again says something inaudible moving his hands frantically in the air)
Fine! If I take off the gas mask – can you hear me now? It’s dangerous because I’m working with deadly gas here! I’m developing new gasses that can cloak an entire lunar valley. If I get it right the entire valley will be cloaked and everything will have no choice but to breathe in the deadly gas. And of course they will die…painfully…so I did my job!
If only the Dolphins could cover receivers like that…especially Tight Ends. Am I right?
Well let me introduce you to a solution Derwin James from Florida State University.
The Positives: Once the combine comes around the positives will be on full display. Derwin James is an elite athlete. At 6’3, 211 He has length, size and speed. James is probably going to leave the combine as one of the more notable prospects.
He’s been an athlete for some time. He was a five star recruit in high school before Florida State. Those skills showed up as a freshman. James joined a talented secondary at FSU in 2015 (you might recall a guy named Jalen Ramsey on the Seminoles defense in 2015) and made an immediate impact. 91 total tackles, 9.5 for a loss, 2 forced fumbles and an impressive 4.5 sacks.
But what really jumps out to me is his versatility. James isn’t Ramsey. There won’t be a debate about whether he is a cornerback or safety in this alien’s opinion – he’s undeniably a safety but he’s a real good one.
James can play center field like a traditional free safety. He moves around the field well covering those wide receivers who are running deep. He is also a fearless tackler who can play closer to the line of scrimmage, But he also has the length to play man coverage the way the Dolphins want to play effectively, either on a wide receiver or – and MORE IMPORTANTLY on a big tight end.
The Negatives: From a statistics standpoint his resume has a few holes. For one, his best year was his freshman year. Albeit his 2017 numbers are pretty good too: 84 tackles, 5.5 for a loss and 1 sack – but those numbers aren’t as good as 2015. What about 2016? Well that’s the real hole. He missed a huge part of that season because of injury.
The one thing that jumps our about those stats is that he is not a ball hawk. 3 career interceptions at FSU. I actually personally don’t doubt that he has it in him but the numbers in college just don’t show it.
Recently it seems like James is dropping a little in terms of draft stock. That means very little in January. Guys will rise and fall and in his case, I tend to think he will shoot up draft boards after the combine.
The Alien Dust: I know what you Earthlings are thinking. What? A safety? We have two good ones in Jones and McDonald – what’s the point of adding one at 11? Well here is the idea – you are playing three safeties – yes three at the same time. It’s a substitute to a coverage LB type. You are pretty much playing at least 5 DBs all the time. With hard hitting safeties playing like linebackers.
For the Dolphins, a big part of James’ job is STOP THE TIGHT END, something that seems to be the achilles heal of this defense.
James may be one of the best athletes in the draft. Taking a player like that at 11 might be a difference maker on defense. Of course this little alien floated a similar theory last offseason when I suggested drafting Jabril Peppers. So if you didn’t like that idea – you won’t like this one either.
I think about Derwin James cloaking over Rob Gronkowski and I think – we are going to suffocate the Patriots. Kind of like this gas I am making will suffocate some life form I am about to obliterate.
That’s why if I am comparing James to an Alien Weapon of Destruction, there is no question – James is a set of Suffocating Crater Gas Bombs.
You can check out his highlights here