2015 NFL DRAFT

Durrell Eskridge, FS

School: Syracuse  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Miami, FL
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 208 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
15064-5

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.632.681.59- 319'9"4.267.09
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.602.631.51- -09'08"4.196.93

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Prototypical frame with broad shoulders and room for additional muscle mass. Balanced, coordinated athlete. Accelerates smoothly and shows above average fluidity when changing directions for a player of his size. Uses his long arms to wrap the legs of ballcarriers and flashes an explosive pop. Good timing and hand-eye coordination.

Showed toughness in playing the second half of the 2013 season with a fractured wrist and torn ligament in finger that ultimately required surgery. Has shown a great deal of resiliency and determination after a rough childhood in which he and his family were often homeless. Left school early in effort to bring financial stability to his family.

WEAKNESSES: Not yet the sum of his parts. A step slow in diagnosing the action and too often arrives late. Takes questionable angles to the ball. Needs to get stronger. Struggles to break free from downfield blocks. Requires a medical update on his right hand due to surgery in May 2014.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

After flashing with 36 tackles, two fumbles and blocked kick in 2012, Eskridge led Syracuse in tackles (78) and interceptions (four) as just a redshirt sophomore in 2013, helping him earn third-team All-ACC honors.

Eskridge reportedly investigated leaving for the NFL after his breakout 2013 season but ultimately returned, finishing third on the team with 68 tackles. He earned the ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording nine tackles, a fumble recovery and running back an interception 29 yards for a touchdown in a 31-15 loss to Notre Dame.

Eskridge's size, range and ball-skills could lead to some clubs even considering him as a potential receiver convert. The Syracuse coaching staff experimented with Eskridge there in practice and he even caught a pass (19 yards) in 2013.

Eskeridge has shown a penchant for making big plays, recording five interceptions, four fumbles (two forced, two recovered) and a blocked kick over his career. He's a bit rough around the edges but possesses the upside to warrant rolling the dice.

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12/10/2014 - Eskridge Opts for NFL...Junior safety Durell Eskridge decides to forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft...Senior safety Durell Eskridge has decided to forgo his final year of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2015 NFL Draft. Eskridge, who finished his career 15th in program history in tackles by a defensive back in just three seasons, led the 'Cuse secondary in the category this season with 68. "Durell has been a pleasure to coach and to have in our program," said Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer. "We, his Syracuse family, are excited for Durell and wish him continued success in this next step in his life."

A starter in every game this season, Eskridge earned ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors for his performance against Notre Dame, which included nine tackles, a fumble recovery and a 29-yard interception return for a touchdown. The Miami, Florida native earned All-ACC Third Team honors in 2013 after leading the Orange in tackles and interceptions as a sophomore. - Syracuse football

 

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