Former Moc Skrine returns to support old teammates - WSMV News 4

Former Moc Skrine returns to support old teammates

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- Buster Skrine sported a big, wide smile while wandering about his old turf at Finley Stadium.

The former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga defensive back was cool, calm and collected at the program's annual pro day on Monday, watching everyone else go under the microscope for NFL scouts.

"It feels good to see my fellow teammates out here doing their thing and having the opportunity to be able to perform in front of pro scouts and see their dreams in the making," Skrine said.

Skrine knows all too well how stressful, but ultimately how rewarding the experience can be for Chattanooga's NFL hopefuls. After all, he was in their shoes just 12 months ago.

The speedy cornerback was one of the standouts of last year's NFL Combine in Indianapolis after recording one of the event's fastest unofficial 40-yard dash times.

This year, Skrine spent two months trying to produce similar success for his former teammate, Chris Lewis-Harris.

"I told him to just come out here, do what you been doing and just ball out," Skrine said.

That's exactly what Lewis-Harris did on Monday. The former UTC defensive back caught the attention of several scouts during his brief shot in the spotlight.

"He gave me little tips for all the drills and footwork," Lewis-Harris said of his training time with Skrine, which was spent at Georgia Tech. "I tried to pick his brain whenever I could really. He's been through it all and knows what comes with it."

An NFL opportunity is what came with Skrine's pre-draft workout success when the Cleveland Browns drafted him in the fifth round last April.

He made a name for himself on special teams before earning more playing time on defense in passing situations, finishing with 18 tackles, 2 pass break-ups and his first career interception against Arizona in Week 15.

"From an athletic standpoint it wasn't hard. I can run with anyone and play with anyone. But just learning the playbook, it's a lot more learning. That was probably the hardest adjustment," Skrine said. "But the coaches gave me some really good feedback. They said they're ready for me to come back next year in a bigger role, so I think I did a pretty good job."

Skrine acknowledged he wouldn't mind seeing former UTC quarterback B.J. Coleman in Cleveland when the Browns open training camp this summer. The team has 13 picks in the upcoming draft, and Coleman is steadily gaining ground as a solid mid-to-late round pick.

However, as just a lowly rookie, Skrine knows its better to defer to the guys upstairs on those important decisions.

"I throw a little something in here and there, but they're going to do what they're going to do," he said with a smile. "I'll just let the front office handle the draft part."

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