Syracuse Safety Durell Eskridge declares for NFL Draft


Syracuse safety Durell Eskridge announced on his Instragram that he will declare for the 2015 NFL Draft.  The junior went through “Senior Day” for Syracuse and had asked the NFL Draft Advisory board for feedback on his stock, so this decision is hardly surprising.  While Eskridge played free safety for the Orange, he could potentially switch to strong safety at the next level.

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After intercepting 4 passes as a sophomore, leading the team, Eskridge had one as a junior, which was against Notre Dame and he took it back for a touchdown.  He has shown he can be a benefit against the run as well as being able to drop back into coverage.

Eskridge is listed at 6’4″ 205lbs, which is tall for a safety and is expected to run in the 4.5 range.  The hope for a player like Eskridge is that teams view him as a similar type of player as Kam Chancellor of the Seattle Seahawks, who has the same height and has been a talented strong safety as a member of the Legion of Boom, helping them win a Super Bowl.

The deadline for underclassmen to declare is January 15th and nothing is finalized until them, but it does not seem like Eskridge has any interest in going back to college for another season.