Scout's Notebook: S Terrell Skinner

Former wide receiver Terrell Skinner is an intriguing training camp prospect competing for a roster spot at safety. Here's a closer look.

#41, Terrell Skinner, S (6021, 214, 4.50-4.67) Maryland

Notes:
Born Terrell Skinner, Jr., 2/24/87. Parents are Yvonne and Terrell Skinner. Father is a police detective. A three-year letterwinner at Boca Ciega High School, where he played quarterback, cornerback and linebacker. He rushed for 917 yards on 97 carries with 13 touchdowns, was 32 of 61 for 382 yards passing with six touchdowns. Rushed for 200 yards in his team's lone playoff win. Also returned an interception and a punt for a touchdown in 2004. Team captain. Coached by Jean Gordon. Also a two-year letterwinner in basketball. Was also recruited by Central Florida, Ole Miss, Iowa State, Michigan State and Georgia Tech.

College: Two-year starter at free safety. Redshirted as a WR in 2005. Saw limited action as a backup DB in 2006. Played in 13 games and recorded 12 tackles and 1 forced fumble in 2007. Played in 11 games and had 63 tackles, three tackles for losses, one forced fumble, 3 passes defensed and one interception in 2008. Played in 12 games and had 67 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 3 passes defensed and one interception in 2009. Majored in kinesiology.

Pre-Draft: Measured 6021 (6-2 1/8), 214 at his Pro Day…1.57 10-yard dash…2.62 20-yard dash…4.59 40-yard dash, 4.40 short shuttle…7.18 three-cone drill times…36 ½-inch vertical jump…10-2 broad jump…22 reps at 225 pounds…6-9 wingspan.

Pro: Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Vikings. Was named one of the top 10 free-agent signings by NFLDraftScout.com.

Positives: Very nice size. Well-built player with good speed and quickness. Hard worker. Has long arms and good leaping ability. Terrific athlete, played both safety and wide receiver at Maryland. Really progressed as a safety prospect with a strong senior season. Effective in run support, takes good angles to the ball and plays off blockers well. Reliable tackler. Seems to play within himself. Best in zone coverage. Appears to read and react well.

Negatives: At his best with the action in front of him and moving forward. Can struggle at times when isolated one-on-one. Needs to become a bit more physical and aggressive. Still learning the nuances on the defensive side of the ball.

Summary: Perhaps the highest-rated undrafted rookie free agent the Vikings signed, Skinner has a legitimate chance to eventually contribute if he can make an impact on special teams as a rookie.


Kevin Brown has been providing personnel analysis and writing about the Vikings for more than 20 years with Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.

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