Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football student-athlete Buster Skrine put on an impressive performance at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., this week. He ran an unofficial 4.29 in the 40-yard dash, and was among the top times in other speed drills.
Skrine, a two-time First Team All-Southern Conference selection during his career at UTC (2007-10), had the fastest unofficial 40 based on the NFL Network's hand time. He second run was unofficially clocked at 4.36 and that included a noticeable stumble. At the end of the day he was given an official time of 4.48, but the big discrepancy did not dampen the excitement many analysts had for the former Moc.
Tony Pauline of TFYDraft.com commented in his recap for Sports Illustrated that Skrine "leaves Indianapolis as the fastest man from the 2011 combine (NFL Scouting Combine report: DBs, SI.com)."
Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders who was covering the Combine for the NFL Network stated during the live broadcast, "Just seeing that kid, when he got out on that first step, he was low, he was smooth and he had a burst. And that was just one step." Sanders later added that, "Buster is a project, but I don't mind working with that project."
Russ Lande and Matt Littlefield of the Sporting News added in their notes that, "After impressing everyone with his explosive 40-yard dashes (4.29 and 4.36 seconds), he also looked good throughout the positional drills (Combine notes: Chattanooga's Skrine, LSU's Peterson close Combine strong, SportingNews.com)."
Skrine had the fastest official time in the 60-yard shuttle at 10.75. It was also listed as a 'recent best' on NFL.com/combine. He was second in the 20-yard shuttle at 3.90 and second in the three cone drill at 6.44.
Skrine is trying to become the first Moc to be selected in the NFL Draft since Richmond Flowers (Rd. 7, 235) and Terdell Sands (Rd. 7, 243) in 2001.