Chicago Bears NFL Draft Watch: Durell Eskridge

Chicago Bears NFL Draft Watch: Durell Eskridge



College football features a number of intriguing games for the Chicago Bears scouts to watch this week.  One to watch carefully is Notre Dame at Syracuse.  Of course the Fighting Irish always have a strong collection of talent to oggle, especially since the program currently ranks 8th in the country.  However, for the Bears they can’t view this game without getting a peak at Syracuse safety Durrell Eskridge.

As a team defensively the Orangemen aren’t all that great like they have been in years past but Eskridge has had the eye of coaches for awhile.  After all, safeties who stand 6’3″ don’t come around often.  Indeed his size is tailor-made for pro football and many are seeing the makings of a playmaker.  Despite a somewhat lean frame, Eskridge has some versatility to his game.  He has the speed and instincts to go after passes in coverage but also isn’t afraid to drop in the box and bring down ball carriers.  His history as a receiver helps create turnovers as evidenced by his four interceptions in just five games last season.

Safety figures to be a position the Chicago Bears target early in the 2015 NFL draft.  Current starters Chris Conte and Ryan Mundy haven’t played terrible early this season, but neither has really displayed any characteristics of deserving a long-term job as a starter for the team.  At least not yet.  Adding a talent like Durell Eskridge, who also boasts special teams value could bring that coveted competition GM Phil Emery loves so much to a position that has dogged the Bears for years.

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