Eskridge has the size and playmaking ability to be a high level pick if he decides to declare after his Junior season this year.
At 6’4″ and 205 pounds, he definitely has the size to play the safety position at the next level. Eskridge also has the range and play making ability that teams love. After a huge breakout season in 2013, He has jumped onto draft boards across the league and was even ranked as the third best safety by draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. This season he has compiled 54 tackles, 2 passes defended and 1 interception, which he returned for a touchdown.
With only one season (2013) as a starter, we hope to see him continue and advance up draft boards this season. He is a decent open field tackler, but could develop more as a wrap tackler instead of shouldering the ball carriers. Eskridge also needs to develop a better understanding of routes and offensive tendencies, instead of taking a wait and react approach.
At this time, Durell Eskridge is a day two guy. He could drop to the fourth with a bad follow up season. He has all the talent and skill to develop into a playmaking safety at the next level. Size is something you just can’t teach and he has that going for him.