Safety Derwin James lasted a bit longer than many people predicted, but his wait to learn his NFL destination has come to an end.
The Chargers selected James with the 17th overall pick of the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. James was often pegged as a Top 10 pick in the many mock drafts being ripped up and thrown in the trash around the country on Thursday night.
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James hit the ground running at Florida State, making plays against the run and pass as a freshman in 2015. He injured his knee in 2016 and returned healthy for a strong season in 2017, which should make defensive coordinator Gus Bradley happy to have him even if James wound up dropping further than expected.
Gettleman last week stated his directive perfectly and succinctly when he said, As the GM, I walk a tightrope. I’ve got to look at the short-term [and] then I’ve got to look at the long-term.
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The 26-year-old had 69 catches for 1,059 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in 2016, but regressed last year, with just 43 catches for 728 yards and two scores.
I probably would have rated Lawrence Taylor a tad higher. He was a guy we (the Cowboys) tried desperately to trade for with New Orleans, and they took (South Carolina running back) George Rogers. (Then-Giants general manager) George Young and I had been at the North Carolina-Clemson game. We were playing each other in New York the next day. I went back on an Eastern Airline flight with George to New York, and he was like in seat 4b, I was in 4a. We just watched Taylor make all these plays against Clemson on the road. He was really special.
I was watching it in my home in Wisconsin when Alan Ameche, from Kenosha, Wisconsin, ran off tackle for a touchdown, and I think if there was anything that really sent the NFL in the right direction, and made it replace the popularity of college football, it was that game.
Oh yeah, I knew Unitas well. Played golf with him many times. I thought that he was a salt-of-the-earth guy. I felt for him at the end of his career because obviously, he was Golden Tate III Authentic Jersey over the hill, and was not playing like he did. But I thought that when he was playing in the early ’60s, I thought he was by far the best player in our league.