No. 22 Cleveland Browns
|Date of birth:April 26, 1989|
|Place of birth: Decatur, Georgia|
|NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 137|
|Debuted in 2011 for the Cleveland Browns|
|Roster status: Active|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2014
Darryl Frank Skrine (pronounced screen) (born April 26, 1989) is an American football cornerback for the Cleveland Browns. He played college football for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he was twice named to the First Team All-Southern Conference. He was selected with the 137th pick in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. Skrine was given the nickname "Buster" from his grandmother because his father also shares the same first name.
2011 NFL Combine
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 9 in||186 lb||4.37 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|
Skrine was selected in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. 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."
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.
Skrine joined the second team defense in 2012, listed as the second left cornerback behind Pro Bowler Joe Haden. He broke out as a full-time player, playing in all 16 games and finishing with 85 tackles and 11 pass deflections. He came up big against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers in week 12, recovering a fumble that helped the Browns win 20-14 at home.
Amid coaching changes that included Head Coach Pat Shurmur being replaced with Norv Turner, and Ray Horton being hired as the new defensive coordinator, Buster Skrine became the starting right cornerback across from Joe Haden at left cornerback. Skrine finished the season with 65 tackles, including his first career sack. He also had one interception and a career-high 18 passes defended.
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