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Versatile safety Derwin James makes sense for Chargers

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Measuring in at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, Florida State safety Derwin James proved an easy mover during on-field drills at the NFL combine in Indianapolis on Monday, the final day of the weeklong event.

James’ results from physical testing were even more impressive. He pushed 21 bench press reps at 225 pounds, posted a 40-inch vertical jump and an 11-foot broad jump.

And he ran a quick, 4.48-second 40-yard time.

Depending on whether they bring back Tre Boston in free agency, the Los Angeles Chargers could target a versatile safety in the first round like James that can play near the line of scrimmage or drop back in coverage.

The athletic James seems to check all of the boxes.

“That fits exactly me,” James told reporters at the combine, when asked about his unique skill set. “I did a lot of it at Florida State. They moved me around a lot.

“I could to do it all. I could play deep. I could cover No. 2 [receiver]. I can play the tight end. I could play in the box. I can blitz -- whatever you need.”

James has been compared to Seattle Seahawks enforcer at safety Kam Chancellor because of the fast and physical way they play.

Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley coached Chancellor and the Legion of Boom while in Seattle, and could use someone that plays with that type of swagger on his defense in L.A.

ESPN NFL analyst Matt Bowen believes James would be an ideal fit in Bradley’s scheme.

“That’s a guy you want to put in a certain scheme to maximize his talents,” Bowen told the team’s website. “You’re talking about L.A. with Coach Bradley and what they do in three-deep coverage. You put him in as a strong safety there and you let him go.”

James recorded 84 combined tackles -- including 5.5 for loss -- a sack, 11 pass breakups and two interceptions in his final season at Florida State, earning second-team All-America honors.

James said he’s fully healed from a meniscus tear he suffered in his left knee in Week 2 of the 2016 season that cut short his sophomore year.

“Ever since I had the surgery I haven’t had any trouble,” he said. “The knee is 100 percent.”