Van Eskridge Scouting Report
|School:||East Carolina Pirates|
|Height & Weight:||6'0 - 195 lbs.|
2010 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Van Eskridge, FS, East Carolina
Van Eskridge redshirted in 2005, but ever since then he has played a very important part on the East Carolina defense. In 2006, Eskridge was forced into action as an outside linebacker due to a couple of injuries. For his efforts he was named to multiple all-freshman teams and was even an honorable mention All-Conference USA player by the coaches. Despite only earning six starts, Eskridge was fifth on the Pirates with 60 tackles and added 7.5 tackles-for-loss and three pass breakups. By his sophomore campaign (when he started at free safety), Eskridge emerged as the team's leader. He totaled 104 tackles and was already a steady tackler and a dynamic playmaker. In 2008 Eskridge was the unquestionable leader of the defense and tallied 98 tackles and picked off four passes. Through 11 games in the 2009 season, Eskridge has continued to dominate. He leads the team in tackles, interceptions, passes defended and pass break-ups. He has even forced two fumbles. Eskridge has enough size and speed to be a great free safety in the NFL. However, the front four at East Carolina has been very strong over the last four years. How much players like C.J. Wilson and Jay Ross have helped out the entire secondary is a concern. When the opposing quarterback has no time to do anything, it makes it much easier for players like Eskridge to pick off passes and make plays. 1/24 Update: Eskridge continued to dominate throughout his entire senior season. He finished the year with 102 tackles and six interceptions; both team highs. He also broke up nine passes and forced two fumbles. The problem is his size and even his listed 6-0 might be generous. He needs to have some good workouts to project well to the next level, but nobody can question his collegiate production over the last four years.
Last Updated Jan-24-2010 by Joel Welser
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