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Daryl "Buster" Skrine (pronounced "screen") has the elite speed and aggressive nature that NFL teams look for in the two or three small-school cornerbacks drafted each year. His inclusion in the Scouting Combine in February showed scouts' interest is more than a passing fancy.
Skrine stepped in at cornerback as true freshman, starting the final three games on his way to 23 tackles, two for loss and two interceptions. He started eight of 10 games played as a sophomore, making 48 tackles, two for loss, and breaking up four passes. In his junior season, Skrine made 45 tackles, intercepted two passes and broke up eight others on his way to his first of two first-team All-Southern Conference accolades.
Track speed is one thing, and Skrine showed that in his all-conference 4x100 relay performance as a sophomore, but translating it onto the field is not always easy. His ability to run with any receiver, and recover on the fly, along his kickoff return ability (40 career returns for 891 yards) and willingness to make contact against the run makes Skrine an intriguing late-round pick despite his somewhat raw technique and playmaking ability.
Positives: Plays off coverage, press and press-bail. Has change of direction ability to handle nickel spot, as well. Generally low in his backpedal. Closes quickly and is flexible enough to attack plays in front of him as a zone corner. Willing cut or shoulder tackler behind the line of scrimmage, or even when engaged with receiver on a block outside. Good recovery speed, catches receivers down the sideline even after taking a false step on pump fake. Owns hand-eye coordination to knock away passes in front of receivers. Good vertical to battle for jump balls. Gives some kickoff return ability with good straight-line speed and enough elusiveness to make the first man miss to get to the open field.
Negatives: Only adequate size and build for the position. Lacks strength as a tackler, duck-and-swipe at legs on the outside. Aggressive corner who can be fooled on double moves. Loses his balance in transition at times, missing tackles and giving up too many catches. Only fair hands for the interception, needs to improve to be a playmaker. Allows too many receptions, as he gives a lot of cushion to slower receivers. Lacks great vision as a returner, will not bounce them outside as easily at the next level. Must work on ball security.
Earned First Team All-Southern Conference honors for the second year in a row ... last name is pronounced "screen" ... speedy defensive back who is one of the top defenders on the team ... No. 1 on the depth chart on the right corner ... preseason 1st Team All-SoCon selection ... 360-pound bench is the best among the DBs ... also has a 35-inch vertical leap ... 4.22 40-yard time is a school record ... has five career INTs ... elected one of three captains by his teammates ... finished with 39 tackles, including 39 solo stops ... dislocated his elbow on a KOR against Appalachian State and DNP at Jacksonville State ... made a one-handed INT, the fifth of his career, against Eastern Kentucky ... broke up three of Elon's 10 incompletions ... team-high six tackles against Auburn.
First Team All-Southern Conference selected by the league's coaches ... made the media's All-SoCon Second Team ... had two INTs on the year ... took a lateral 80 yards for a touchback against Glenville State ... also had two tackles, an INT and a PBU against Glenville State ... six tackles at Presbyterian ... six tackles at Georgia Southern ... season-high seven tackles at Elon ... 4 PBUs against Western Carolina, including two in a row late in the fourth quarter ... career-high 10 tackles at Appalachian State ... fifth in the SoCon with 10 passes defended ... Mocs' only representative on the preseason All-SoCon team.
Started eight of 10 games in the secondary ... recorded 48 tackles ... 36 solo and 12 assisted ... had one tackle-for-loss and four pass breakups ... blocked a kick against The Citadel ... recovered a fumble at Furman ... took over the kick return duties for the last two games of the season ... had a 56-yard return at The Citadel ... season-high eight tackles at Furman and at The Citadel ... All-SoCon in the 4x100 meter relay with football teammates Chris Lewis-Harris, Chris Marshall and Brian Sutherland.
One of five true freshmen to see playing time ... started last three games at cornerback and played in all 11 ... registered 23 tackles, 18 of which were solo stops ... made three negative yardage hits and picked off two passes ... set season high with six tackles against both Elon and Western Kentucky ... both interceptions came against WKU with one being returned 45 yards for a touchdown ... played several snaps on offense ... had two rushes for 12 yards, including an 11-yard run versus Western Carolina ... returned three kickoffs for 61 yards.
Two-way player at Etowah High School ... voted team's Most Valuable Player ... led Cherokee County in rushing yards with 1,071 on 167 rushes and 15 TDs ... caught 17 balls for 363 yards and a score ... tallied 89 tackles from the secondary with 66 solo stops ... had one interception and a fumble recovery ... named Cherokee County Player of the Year ... honorable mention all-state in Class 5A ... Atlanta Journal Constitution Super 11 All-Star ... Cherokee County Super 6 listing ... all-county and all-region ... five-time County Player of the Week ... helped Eagles to an 8-4 record and the second-round of the state playoffs ... Etowah won first Region 5A title in school history ... named All-County defensive back as a junior ... selected school's defensive back of the year with 61 tackles and two interceptions ... coached at Etowah by Bill Stewart ... competed in track and field ... won county championship in triple jump and finished second in long jump ... earned All-County honors in track and field.
Full name is Daryl Skrine ... born April 26, 1989, in Woodstock, Ga ... son of Bernice and Darry Skrine ... Majoring in Business Management.
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12/17/14 - Browns CB Buster Skrine vs. Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin: Normally Joe Haden would be on the opponent s primary receiver, but if a shoulder injury prevents him from playing the chore will fall on fourth-year cornerback Buster Skrine. Skrine has the speed to stay with Benjamin. Benjamin has 67 catches for 952 yards and nine touchdowns. Skrine would love to make sure Benjamin doesn't reach 1,000 yards on his watch.
10/02/14 - CB Buster Skrine practiced fully after being limited Wednesday with a thumb injury.
10/01/14 - CB Buster Skrine was limited with a thumb injury.
09/19/14 - CB Buster Skrine (thumb) is probable for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.
09/03/14 - CB Buster Skrine is listed first at right cornerback on the unofficial depth chart, but coach Mike Pettine has indicated rookie Justin Gilbert might start.
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