BEREA—The Browns added one of the fastest players in the draft in cornerback/ return man Buster Skrine. He ran a 4.22 time in the 40-yard dash to set a school record and a 4.37 at the NFL Combine. Skrine also bench pressed 360 pounds at college.
Skrine said he felt he could’ve had a better time at the combine.
“I ran 4.22 in most of my times, but ran a 4.37 at the combine,” he said. “I stumbled after about 10 yards.”
What would you have run if you hadn’t stumbled?
“In the 4.2’s.”
Skrine (5-9, 186) started 30 games in his four years at Chattanooga, 27 at right cornerback. He recorded 155 tackles, deflected 21 passes and had five interceptions.
He also returned 40 kickoffs for 891 yards.
Last season, he was named to the All-American Super Sleeper Team by The NFL Draft Report and was first team All-Southern Conference in both 2009 and 2010.
Skrine said coming out of high school the big colleges backed off him due to his size.
“The size doesn’t really get to me,” he said. “Coming out of high school at 5-7, 145 I didn’t get a lot of Division I offers.”
Skrine thinks his leaping ability, strength and toughness will help him make up for his lack of height.
“I’m a tough corner,” he said. “I play taller than my size. I’m coachable.”
“I am definitely going to be going up against taller receivers, but I can jump and will be able to handle it.”
Skrine measured 37 inches with his vertical jump at the combine, which he said was among the top 10. He said he’s been able to leap 41 inches.
“In training I had a 41, but I didn’t warm up (at the combine).”
Skrine is confident he can make the adjustment to the NFL.
“The speed and size will be an adjustment, but I don’t think that will be a problem. I am happy for where I was drafted and I want to get started.”
Skrine cited Assante Samuel, who is an undersized cornerback who has reached the Pro Bowl level.
“Assante Samuel is an undersized corner that I like to watch.”
The Browns can only hope Skrine can play like Samuel.