Syracuse Orange junior defensive back Durell Eskridge has decided to enter the 2015 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder announced his decision via his Instagram account, deskridge3, Tuesday afternoon.
During his three seasons at SU, Eskridge played in 37 games, starting in all 12 this season, and was the a bright spot in the improved defensive backfield. He led all current Orange defensive backs with 182 tackles, five interceptions and 12 pass deflects. This past season, he totaled 68 tackles, one interception and four pass deflects.
In early November, Eskridge said he was going to submit his name to the NFL Draft Advisory Board. Currently, he is projected to be a four-round pick by both CBSSports.com and NFLDraftScout.com.
The loss of Eskridge will be a tough one to swallow, as he was big piece of SU's fantastic defense. The Orange will also need to replace strong safeties Ritchy Desir and Darius Kelly. Soon-to-be junior Chauncey Scissum is currently the only returning safety on the SU depth chart.