The New York Giants have treated Syracuse University like somewhat of a farm team in recent years. Jay Bromley, Ryan Nassib, Justin Pugh and Jameel McClain are all former Syracuse stars. Who will be the next Orange player to land with Big Blue? Could it be safety Durell Eskridge?
Syracuse holds its pro day on Tuesday, and Eskridge will be one of 18 players who worked out for scouts. According to a report from Syracuse.com, Giants safeties coach Dave Merritt told a member of the Syracuse coaching staff that the team is "high" on Eskridge, who is a safety. Draft analysts consider Eskridge a likely mid-round pick.
SU strength and conditioning coach Will Hicks told SU.com that Eskridge is "long and his best football is in front of him."
Sean Keeley, editor of SB Nation's Syracuse web site, Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician, had this to say about Eskridge:
"Syracuse's secondary has been a sore spot for years but it's managed to churn out a few decent pro prospects, namely Shamarko Thomas and Tanard Jackson. Eskridge has probably been the most dependable player back there for the Orange in the last two seasons, racking up 78 tackles and 68 tackles, respectively. There's some concern that he left too early and could have benefitted from another season. That's probably true. Then again, he's got the talent to take a flier on in later rounds. If anything, his stock was hurt just because some other quality DBs came out early as well."
The other Syracuse player of interest for the Giants is offensive tackle Sean Hickey, also considered a mid-round draft prospect. She's Kelley on Hickey:
"The 6-foot-5, 309-pound offensive lineman surprised a few people when he decided to return for his senior year but it probably paid off with a chance to get drafted higher. SU's most dependable lineman by far, starting every game as a junior and senior. SU's offense was a mess last year and I don't think even Hickey could do anything to prevent that, so I don't lay it as his feet. Probably would have been worse without him. He's strong, scoring the highest number of bench press reps of any SU player ever at the combine. And he's smart, a consistent All-Academic Team member. If you're taking bets on who Coughlin's Syracuse draftee will be this year, smart money's on Hickey."