The day after he was drafted by the Chargers as the No. 17 overall pick, Derwin James walked through the team’s offices to meet his new coaches — and greet a familiar one.
James and Addison Lynch, the Chargers’ defensive quality coach, had joked about this moment at the NFL combine but never expected it would happen.
Lynch, who had trained James as the quality coach at Florida State, started working for the Chargers in February and had been in touch with James throughout the spring, giving advice about NFL expectations.
At the combine, Lynch had mentioned the possibility of a reunion in Los Angeles in jest, since James had been projected to be drafted before the...