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D'wayne Eskridge

WR

Western Michigan

5'9"

Height

Weight

190

Bench
40-Time
10-Time
20-Time
4.4
Vertical
Broad
20-Shuttle
60-Shuttle
35"
10' 4"
4.27
3-Cone
Hand
Arm
Wingspan
6.95
9"
30 1/8"
74 1/8"

7.42

Final Grade

2019 broken collarbone

Injury History

Games Evaluated

2019: Florida State 2020: Western Kentucky, Ball State

Team Fit

WAS

NE

NO

Strengths 

Natural route runner who can create seperation at all levels of the field. Shifty in the open field and creates separation horizontally with ease. Great body control and large catch radius. Stays up on most catches and remains just as dangerous with the ball in his hands. Effective at any wide receiver spot and has an expansive route tree. He's always a threat to score and extremely dangerous with his speed.

Weaknessess

Primarily lined up as an X-receiver in WMU's offense but doesn't possess the frame needed to be an NFL X, despite his skill there. He'll most likely have to transition to be a slot receiver in any NFL system if he wants to start. Had some struggles with drops on open opportunities. Willing blocker but doesn't have good technique and is limited by his size. He'll finder defenders and engage with them but can't stay in a block for long.

Big Picture

Eskridge has played a considerable amount of both cornerback and wide receiver, and showed ability at cornerback in 2019 before getting injured. He then transitioned to a full time wide receiver in 2020, where took on the workload well, achieving career highs in almost all categories. He finished with 34 receptions for 784 and 8 touchdowns. He wasn't always the most productive receiver, but he played multiple positions and had mediocre quarterback play. His largest concern, by far, is his size, but he is very naturally talented with a high ceiling. Definitely needs to work on drops on open balls, but also shows bright spots on hard catches. Playing in the Senior Bowl, he kept up his talented play against better competition than he saw during most of his college career. Eskridge has the tools he needs to succeed, with great natural abilities. If he can harness them, he can be a starting slot receiver in any NFL system.

Player Comp

Draft Projection

Athleticism:

7.65

Lateral Agility
Elusiveness
Play Strength
Burst
Deep Speed
7.75
7.75
7.25
7.5
8

Possesses the deep speed to beat just about every defender on the field, and is always dangerous with the ball. Avoids tackles very well and can bite off big chunks of yardage at any time. Can create seperation wherever needed, and does it very smoothly. Bursts off the line with fantastic acceleration and can get a step on the defender almost immediately.

Route Running:

7.45

Release/Foot Quickness
Route Tree Variety
Separation
Body Control
Spacing/Timing
7.75
7.5
7.75
7.25
7

Big Play Ability

Operated as WR1 in CMU's offense and ran a diverse route tree. Knows where to be in the field and excels in getting there. Fast feet that can get him past defenders on double moves. Ducks his head too much as a tell on double moves. Can turn on a dime. Smooth movement that translates well from his time as a defensive back. Turns on a dime on curl routes. Gets past hand fighting with ease the majority of the time and has a step on coverage quickly. Can navigate deep down the field and get to the throw.

Ball Skills:

7.5

Hands
Catch Radius
Contested Catch
High Points Ball
7
7.25
7
7.25

Gets beat by defenders in contested catches often because of his small frame. Possesses good body control and balance to come down with the ball on receptions outside of his body. Had some worrying drops on wide open balls. Despite this, he's still reliable downfield and surprisingly comes down with jump balls a good amount of the time.

Competitiveness:

7

Contact Balance
Blocking
Aggression/Toughness
Run After Catch
6.75
6.75
7
7.5

Is always a danger to score with the ball in his hands. He keeps moving upfield while getting around defenders extremely well. Plays aggressive through the whistle. He does go down quickly when he's wrapped up, and usually doesn't fight for more yards after contact. He does his best to block, and is competitive, but simply lacks the size and technique to do so.

Intelligence:

7.33

Limited opportunities in scheme fits by his small frame. He played as an X receiver and knows how to play as one, allowing him some more versatility despite his size. He's smart, and will exploit any gap in the defense. Knows how to get around defenders.

Instincts
Coverage Recognition
Position Versatility
7.25
7.5
7.25