Durrell Eskridge, FS

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

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.632.68-- 31-4.267.09
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.562.681.59- 319'9"4.267.09

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.

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

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