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Florida State DB Derwin James Declares For NFL Draft, Won't Play In Independence Bowl

Fans cheer during a Florida State game.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 20: Fans cheer during play between the Clemson Tigers and the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 20, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

James is a projected high draft pick.

In a move that isn't particularly shocking, Florida State safety Derwin James will enter the 2018 NFL Draft. The redshirt sophomore will forego his final two years of eligibility.

James also announced that he will not participate in Florida State's Independence Bowl matchup against Southern Miss.

"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," James said in his Instagram post.

James recorded 186 total tackles in two-plus seasons. He missed most of the 2016 campaign with an injury. This fall, James finished second on the team with 84 stops while leading the squad in pass breakups with 11 and tying for the team lead with two interceptions.

Florida State will take on Southern Miss on Dec. 27 at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN.