Florida State safety Derwin James declared for the NFL draft, saying that he will not play in the Seminoles' upcoming bowl game against Southern Miss in the Walk-Ons Independence Bowl.
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Similar to two of last year's top prospects Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette, James is skipping the bowl game to avoid injury and prepare for the draft.
James, a redshirt sophomore who is one of the top draft prospects in the country, announced his intentions in an Instagram post.
On to the next chapter of my life I will be entering the 2018 NFL Draft and will not participate in the bowl game, FOREVER NOLE NATION #dj3
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James was the only FSU player to earn a first-team, All-ACC selection. This year, he had 84 tackles, two interceptions and one sack after missing most of 2016 with a knee injury.