By: Hussam Patel
D'Wayne Eskridge is fast…very fast. In 2018, he was clocked running a 4.33 forty yard dash. During the 2020 season, he only played in six games due to the pandemic, but still had 34 catches for 784 yards and eight touchdowns. That’s an absurd average of 23 yards per catch.
Eskridge is easily a day two pick, maybe a surprise 1st rounder, as his tape shows he can be the most explosive player on the field. In open space, he destroys opposing defenders with a quick 1-2 step and cut, and he does a great job of securing the ball.
As a former defensive back, he knows how to beat press man coverage, and he varies his release at the line of scrimmage to disguise his routes. Only 5’9’, he can STILL bench press 350 pounds and squat 505. You don’t often see undersized receivers this strong, unless they have a running back background.
The Western Michigan prodigy can be a reliable special teamer, which increases his value, and helps toward a roster spot. As a rookie, he could look to become a dangerous kick returner. He played in the MAC, so Eskeridge will have to prove himself at the Senior Bowl and at the NFL level; he has to prove he can compete with the best of the best and solidify himself as a slot WR.