Interesting name—both unique and unheard of at the same time. But unheard of only because Tennessee-Chattanooga isn’t exactly appointment television for most college football fans on a Saturday afternoon. But you’ll be hearing more about Buster Skrine in the pros.
Skrine is 5'10", 186-pound cornerback who also dabbles in kick returns. He began moving up draft boards after an amazing display at the combine in Indianapolis, posting one of the best 40-yard dash times with a 4.34. What he lacks in size he more than makes up for with speed and the ability to recover.
Skrine also had a big day in late March when Tennessee-Chattanooga held its pro day. Skrine was one of six players who worked out for 15 teams, including Jaguars defensive backs coach Cory Undlin and Bears defensive backs coach Jon Hoke, brother of Michigan head coach Brady Hoke.
Ironically, Gil Brandt of NFL.com, the former general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, wrote that “Skrine had initial offers from 11 Division I schools out of high school before concerns about his size (then 5'7", 145) scared off many teams and led to his ultimate arrival with the Mocs. The size remains an issue, especially when matched up against big receivers, but Skrine’s speed and quickness make him an attractive option for NFL teams.”
This is actually a nice pick for the Browns. They'll figure out how to best utilize him.