Chris Varughese

The Bears Brawl Writer, Jr. Editor and Draft Expert

Buster Skrine is the most recent member added to the Bears’ secondary. Skrine, 29, has been a member of the Jets’ secondary since 2015. At 5’9, 185lbs he has good size for a nickelback. His physical and aggressive style is something that the Bears’ are used to in the secondary, especially at nickelback. Skrine has a lot of experience at the position since he came into the league in 2011.

(Oct. 12, 2013 – Source: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images North America)

He started his career with the Cleveland Browns, but couldn’t earn a starting spot his rookie season after being selected in the 5th round. However, he was used in nickel and dime packages and amassed 14 solo tackles, 2 pass deflections and an interceptions in 16 games. He earned a starting spot his third season, in which he accrued 55 solo tackles, 18 pass deflections, with one interception. The next full season he started he got 4 interceptions to go with the same stat line.

(Sept. 29, 2018 – Source: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images North America)

In 2015 he signed with the New York Jets, but was third in the depth chart behind Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. He became the starter the year after. During 2016, he missed the first game of his career due to injury. He remained the starter on the boundary until last season when the Jets brought in Trumaine Johnson through free agency. He then made the switch back to nickelback. In 2018 he accrued 52 total tackles and 8 pass deflections.

(Oct. 14, 2017 – Source: Al Bello/Getty Images North America)

At nickelback Skrine displays physicality and strength. He’s got great speed and instincts and is very good at accelerating and getting to a spot. He plays well in both zone and man coverage. The problems with Buster Skrine are with his inconsistencies, both in his footwork and ball skills. Overall, Skrine is a solid nickel performer and has a high floor add with 8 years of experience. He can provide more veteran leadership on a young Bears’ team.