Darryl Frank Skrine Jr. [2] (pronounced screen ) (born April 26, 1989), nicknamed Buster , is an American football cornerback for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Early years

Skrine attended Etowah High School in Woodstock, Georgia, where he starred in both offence and defense. As a junior, he was named All-County at defensive back as a junior and was selected team's Most Valuable Player of the year after recording 61 tackles and two interceptions. He was a five-time County Player of the Week, and helped lead the Eagles to an 8-4 record and the second-round of the state playoffs, where Etowah won its first Region 5A title in school history. As a senior, he led Cherokee County in rushing yards with 1,071 on 167 rushes and 15 touchdowns. He caught 17 balls for 363 yards and a score as a receiver, and additionally tallied 89 tackles from the secondary with 66 solo stops, had one interception and a fumble recovery. For his senior season, he earned All-county, All-region and All-state honors, and was named as the Cherokee County Player of the Year.

Skrine was additionally a top competitor in track & field. He won the 2007 County Championship in the triple jump (43-3 or 13.25m) and finished second in the long jump (22-7 or 6.92m), leading this to earn All-County honours in track.

College career

Skrine attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he was twice named to the First Team All- Southern Conference. [3] [4] [5]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 186 lb 8 7/8 in 4.48 s 1.56 s 2.50 s 3.90 s 6.44 s 37 in 10 ft 2 in 20 reps
All values from [[NFL Combine [6] ]]

Cleveland Browns

Skrine was selected in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. [7] In August 2011, Browns coach Pat Shurmur praised Skrine's performance in the pre-season: "Buster competes. He's a scrappy guy. A real gym rat. You see him flash. Neither one is intimidated by the other. It's been good." [8] [9]

2011 season

Skrine played sparingly early in his rookie season, but as the year went on he gained more playing time. Skrine finished his rookie season with 18 tackles, 2 pass deflections, and his first career interception that came against the Arizona Cardinals in week 15.

2012 season

Skrine joined the second team defence in 2012, listed as the second left cornerback behind Pro Bowler Joe Haden. [10] He broke out as a full-time player, playing in all 16 games and finishing with 85 tackles and 11 pass deflections. [2] He came up big against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers in week 12, recovering a fumble that helped the Browns win 20-14 at home. [2]

2013 season

Amid coaching changes that included Head Coach Pat Shurmur being replaced with Rob Chudzinski, and Ray Horton being hired as the new defensive coordinator, Buster Skrine became the starting right cornerback across from Joe Haden at left cornerback. [2] Skrine finished the season with 65 tackles, including his first career sack. He additionally had one interception and a career-high 18 passes defended. [2]

2014 season

Again playing all 16 games, Buster Skrine had numbers similar to his 2013 campaign, finishing the season with 67 tackles, 18 passes defended, and a career-high 4 interceptions. [2]

New York Jets

2015 season

Skrine signed a five-year contract with the New York Jets on March 10, 2015. [2] [2]

Personal

Skrine was given the nickname "Buster" from his grandmother because his father additionally shares the same first name. [2]