5 safeties the Buffalo Bills should monitor at the 2023 NFL Combine

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Scouting Report. 895. . player. Pick Analysis. Safety. . JL Skinner

This one is a personal favorite of mine.  I live in the Boise area and have watched Skinner throughout his collegiate career.  He brings a physicality you have to love!

He’s a big safety at 6’4″ and 211 pounds but PFF has him listed at 220.  When the NFL Combine starts, we’ll get his official weight.  Regardless, he’s the biggest of the safeties in the draft and knows how to lay the wood when tackling.

Skinner is currently projected as a third-rounder, similar to Battle.  Where Skinner might be able to improve his draft position, is in the 40-yard dash.  If he can come out and run well, it could have him climbing some boards.  According to nfldraftbuzz.com, they have him currently listed with a 4.55, 40.  If he can put up a sub-4.5, that will aid his stock greatly.

With his 6’4″ frame, he’ll want to put on a little more muscle, which is another area of the combine he’ll be able to further prove himself.

He’s played in 39 career games, including 24 over the last two seasons, so he brings a lot of experience, although some might call into question the caliber of competition since he’s coming from the Mountain West, plenty of solid NFL starting caliber players have come from smaller conferences.