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Durell Eskridge | Safety

Team: Syracuse Orange
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 198

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Durell Eskridge of Syracuse and James Sample of Louisville are the class' most underrated safeties, believes NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.
"Eskridge is a long, rangy guy, and teams might make him a press corner at the next level," Davis wrote. The 6-foot-3, 198-pound Eskridge (listed at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds by Syracuse) had 68 tackles and an interception last season. In the case of Sample, the analyst believes he was overshadowed at Louisville opposite Gerod Holliman (FBS single-season interception record of 14 in 2014). "Sample's stats aren't as gaudy, but I think he's a consistently excellent player, and I won't be surprised if he gets picked before Holliman," Davis wrote. That precise opinion was controversial a few months ago, but now it merely looks like reality. Mar 20 - 5:37 PM
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ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. believes Syracuse redshirt junior S Durell Eskridge could have benefited from a fifth year in college.

According to Kiper, there are games when Eskridge "looks like a second- or third-round pick." Unfortunately, they don't occur with enough regularity. "I had him in the top 10 safety group for a while," Kiper said. "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." The 6-foot-3, 198-pound Eskridge (listed at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds by Syracuse) had 68 tackles and an interception this season.
Jan 21 - 7:50 PM

Syracuse redshirt junior S Durell Eskridge announced he will enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-3, 198-pound Eskridge (listed at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds by Syracuse) had 68 tackles and an interception this season. He led the Orange with 78 tackles and four interceptions as a sophomore. "How he runs at the NFL Scouting Combine and on his pro day will be important," wrote NFL.com's Mike Huguenin. "At the least, expect him to run in the 4.5s. A move to strong safety is possible."
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 01:16:00 AM

Syracuse redshirt junior S Durell Eskridge "is a big time prospect with great potential," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot-3, 198-pound Eskridge led the Orange with 78 tackles and four interceptions as a sophomore, earning All-ACC Third Team honors. "He has terrific size, athleticism and range in centerfield," Pauline wrote. "Most would be surprised if Eskridge does not enter the 2015 draft and a big season could push him into the middle part of round two."
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 07:36:00 PM

Syracuse redshirt junior S Durell Eskridge "could put himself in contention to be one of the first safeties taken in 2015 with a strong junior campaign," according to CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

"There's no denying Eskridge's natural NFL pedigree in terms of his physical tools. Could put himself in contention to be one of the first safeties taken in 2015 with a strong junior campaign and early entry," Stephens wrote. The 6-foot-3, 198 pound Eskridge,led the Orange in tackles(78) and interceptions(4) and earned All-ACC Third Team honors as a sophomore. The Syracuse prospect has the ideal size and frame for the next level and has the "toughness, instincts and physicality to be a factor in the box against the run," according to Stephens.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 10:12:00 PM

Syracuse redshirt sophomore S Durell Eskridge plans to play in Saturday's game at Florida State.

Eskridge sat out the second half of last Saturday's victory at Maryland due to an upper-body injury. The decision was said to be precautionary, and defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough said he will be "ready to play." Eskridge leads the team with 59 tackles.
Fri, Nov 15, 2013 06:29:00 PM

Syracuse redshirt sophomore S Durell Eskridge could return for the first game of the season.

Eskridge recently underwent surgery to repair a broken wrist and torn ligaments but head coach Scott Shafer said the safety "will be ready to go" for the opener against Penn State. He exited spring practice in the starting lineup.
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 10:27:00 AM

Syracuse redshirt sophomore S Durell Eskridge underwent surgery for a broken wrist and torn ligaments.

Beat writer Michael Cohen isn't sure when the injury took place, since Eskridge took part in most of the spring activities. "Eskridge will be monitored over the summer, and his status for 2013 will be determined prior to camp in August, according to a press release from the Syracuse athletic department," Cohen writes.
Mon, May 6, 2013 02:12:00 PM