Derwin James, a safety at Florida State, is one of the best players in college football. So good, in fact, that he is a projected to be among the top 20 players in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Here is what that means:
One draft projection has James as the No. 16 pick overall. Last season’s No. 16 pick, Marlon Humphrey of Alabama, signed a fully-guaranteed $11.8 million contract with a $6.8 million signing bonus. That is enough money to change the future of a family for generations to come.
But to get the money, you have to be physically able to do what is required to play professional football on draft day. To be injured on draft day is to lose millions in guaranteed money.
So when James recently made the announcement that he would not play in Florida State’s Independence Bowl game with Southern Miss on Dec. 27, I had absolutely no problem with it.