It's not surprising considering how well he's played, but Florida State true freshman Derwin James has graded out as the top freshman in the country so far this season. James was second in the country heading into the Syracuse game, but his dominating performance against the Orange vaulted him over Missouri defensive tackle, and former Florida State target, Terry Beckner Jr.
Here is what Pro Football Focus had to say about James:
One of the hottest players in the country, James has been a force on the FSU defense since taking over as starter in Week 6. His +17.0 overall grade ranks third among all safeties, including a +7.4 mark against the run that ranks 10th and a strong +2.8 grade against the run. James has also been a menace when rushing the passer, picking up two sacks, two hits, and six hurries on only 15 rushes.
Florida State defensive end Josh Sweat comes in at No. 4 on Pro Football Focus' rankings. Here are there comments on Sweat:
Perhaps the most consistent true freshman in the country, Sweat has posted only one negative game this season. His +9.6 mark against the run leads among true freshman edge rushers, while his pass-rushing has improved in recent weeks. He’s grading at +3.7 rushing the passer, notching a sack, hit, and 17 hurries on 171 rushes.
You can find the full Top-10 here.