Browns No. 6 pick scouting report: CB Buster Skrine, Chattanooga

Posted April 30, 2011 @ 3:23 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

Speedy CB Buster Skrine, the Browns' first of two fifth-round picks, could contribute early in "sub" packages on defense as well as on special teams. If Eric Wright, who is slated to be a free agent, remains in Cleveland, Skrine (5-9½, 186) could be the No. 4 or No. 5 cornerback; if Wright departs and Skrine has a solid training camp, he could be the first corner off the bench, conceivably. 

For a closer look at Skrine, here is personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki's scouting report on Skrine from PFW's 2011 Draft Preview book:

Notes: Running back-cornerback who also ran track as a Georgia prep. Arrived weighing less than 160 pounds but played all 11 games as a true freshman in 2007 (wore jersey No. 41) - drew starts at left cornerback in final three and recorded 23 tackles, one pass breakup and two interceptions with three forced fumbles. Added two rushes for 12 yards (6-yard average) and zero touchdowns with a 10-yard reception and three kickoff returns for 61 yards (20.3). Missed two games and was slowed at the beginning of the '08 season by a left knee injury but played 10 games (started the final eight at right corner) and tallied 48-4-0 with 6-166 (27.7) on kickoff returns. Started all 11 games at the RCB spot in '09, posting 45-6-2 with two tackles for loss and 28-578 (20.6) on kickoffs. Started 8-of-10 games in which he played in '10 and registered 39-8-1 with two tackles for loss and 3-86 (28.7) on kickoffs. Dislocated his right elbow in the season opener against Appalachian State that cost him one game and starts in two more. Team captain. Also ran sprints for the Mocs' track team. Was a 21-year-old senior.

Positives: Tight-skinned with less than six percent body fat. Cycles his stride fluidly and flies in a straight line. Instant accelerator. Can flip his hips and run vertical. Active and quick-footed. Good recovery burst. Soft hands to intercept. Supports the run aggressively and chops down ballcarriers. Explosive kickoff returner and has worked as a "gunner." Showed out at the Combine - bench-pressed 225 pounds 20 times, posted a 37-inch vertical leap and recorded the second-best 3-cone (6.44 seconds) and short shuttle (3.90) times.

Negatives: Undersized - small-framed, lacks bulk and has short arms and small hands. Durability could be a concern - is not built to take a pounding. Can be outmuscled at the line, stuck on blocks and struggles to contend with big receivers. Average run support player. Pedals a bit choppily and technique needs refinement. Inconsistent downfield ball reactions. Occasionally bites on double moves.

Summary: Smallish, feisty, competitive, quick-twitched corner with big-time speed who jumps out on tape and offers versatility as a returner, gunner and sub-package contributor. Responded well in opportunities against better competition.

NFL projection: Fourth- to fifth-round pick.