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Redskins Combine Countdown: Syracuse safety Durell Eskridge

Feb 9, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT

The NFL Combine gets underway in Indianapolis in just 9 days. I will be there and in between now and then I’ll be doing a lot of work getting up to speed on the draft class of 2015. Along the way I’ll be sharing some of what I find out with Real Redskins readers. The focus will be on players in areas of need for the Redskins but I might look at players at just about any position since Scot McCloughan has said that he will take the best player available regardless of need.

Durell Eskridge


Height: 6-3
Weight: 203

What they’re saying

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.

Rob Rang, CBS Sports

“I haven’t seen him do well enough on a game-to-game basis, and I thought another year could have helped him, especially with the safeties that decided to come out . . . With another year, he could’ve been right up there”

Mel Kiper, ESPN on his decision to come out of Syracuse a year early

How he fits the Redskins: A year ago, Bashaud Breeland decided to come out of Clemson with a year of eligibility left despite the fact that many analysts thought he could have used another year in college. The Redskins took him in the fourth round and he turned out to be one of the few bright spots on defense. Eskridge could be another mid-round steal for the Redskins.

At 6-3 he has the size that Scot McCloughan likes in the secondary although they will have to figure out how much more weight his frame can handle as they will want him to bulk up from his current 203 pounds. If he weighs in at closer to 210 at the combine and is a true 6-3, he could well get serious attention from the Redskins.

McCloughan also could like his background story. Eskridge had an exceptionally rough childhood with his family often homeless. The determination he showed in overcoming those circumstances could serve him well in the NFL.

Potential issues: Eskridge is far from a polished product and the downside, of course, is that he may never put it all together. It seems that at worst he will be a good special teams performer and part-time player on defense. But with a big hole in the back of the defense with no starting-caliber safeties on the roster it would be best for the Redskins if he can find his upside sooner rather than later should they draft him.

Bottom line: His size likely has him somewhere on the Redskins’ radar. If he’s still there when they are on the clock in the third round, Eskridge could well be discussed in the draft room if the intangibles check out. And if he’s still there on Saturday, McCloughan may find him hard to resist.

Previously in Combine Countdown:

  1. kenlinkins - Feb 9, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    This kid has come a long way from the 3 star WR that only 2 teams offered and traveled from Miami to Syarcuse with very little in the way of support. You have to believe that a kid who was once homeless and worked his way to the NFL draft will understand that this ride could end at anytime but there are things you can do to prolong your time in the NFL (i.e. I think you would see this kids car in the parking lot at 8 PM and his butt in the film room and not at the local club!). I think he would make a good Redskin in the long term and the type I would take a chance on (i.e. early 4th round).

    • ET - Feb 9, 2015 at 1:05 PM

      I agree, I like Eskridge, though he seems like a project more than someone who might play right away.

      I don’t care for Collins (Bama)—I hope the DC braintrust stay away from from him on draft day. Prewitt and the guy from Mich. St. strike me as better potential fits.

  2. Derrick Williams - Feb 9, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    I think that the dream scenario for us would be pass rusher 1st rd, Drummond and Prewitt 2nd and 3rd rds assuming we sign an O-Line starter in free agency. In this situation I would like to see us sign NT Dan Williams from AZ and a solid cb such as Cox, Culliver, Shareece Wright, or Buster Skrine. These would represent great moves from quality football players that won’t break the bank. I also feel that we could take care of the Safety position for years to come with this format but would definitely sign a veteran Safety IN This siuation for depth. Tandler thanks for another great article and tell me what you think about this approach.

    • mr.moneylover - Feb 9, 2015 at 4:53 PM

      its most likely gonna L.williams or shane ray in the first round if scot see alot of good players left in the draft he might trade back

  3. murphsman - Feb 9, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Thanks for this series Rich. It’s nice to hear about these guys we might take later in the draft.

  4. mr.moneylover - Feb 9, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    He might not be a finish product but his upside will do him good because he will do whatever it takes for him and his family to live a better life…I can definitely see da’mon carmartie and eskridge or akeem davis playing safety next year….redskins got potential starters on they team question is… is they gonna groom them and develop them…ohh and watch out for the big wide receiver baylor bell 6’5 use to play in arena football….hes on our roster I here hes good a good football player

    • shermanp79 - Feb 10, 2015 at 12:08 PM

      Maybe Bell could be that RZ guy we need. It will be interesting to see how he develops this offseason. We know Gruden likes size at WR. Look at Mathews from SEA in the SB. A guy who came from nowhere, never caught a pass during the season. He came from the CFL, somewhere I think we need to start looking for players. There has been a few guys the past couple years coming down to make plays in the NFL.

  5. Joe Greene - Feb 9, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Haven’t seen enough of him in games, but if he’s got the work ethic to go with his size I think we’d all be happy to see him get a shot here.

  6. abanig - Feb 10, 2015 at 5:01 AM

    Round 3 for me if we selected him. I’d rather have Chris Hackett from TCU, Cody Prewitt from Ole Miss, Kurtis Drummond from MSU, Derron Smith from Fresno St, or Gerrod Holliman from Lousiville if they’re available in round 3.

    My hope is the Redskins take Danny Shelton in round 1, an OT in round 2 and one is these FS’ in round 3.

    • kevingreenway - Feb 10, 2015 at 11:37 AM

      These guys have dreamed all their life of playing in the NFL and then to find out the Redskins are interested in them has got to be a total buzz kill.

    • Joe Greene - Feb 10, 2015 at 5:56 PM

      Another option at FS in that range would be Anthony Harris from UVA. I feel like there are a lot of those guys who have a chance to be a starter, but not a star, at FS in this draft in the 2nd-4th round range. Archives

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