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Craig Loston, SS

School: LSU  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Houston, TX
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 217 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.652.631.6012 32 1/29'11"4.357.15
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Strapped together well with good bulk on his frame...aggressive downhill striker and physical tackler...loves throwing his body around with reckless abandonment - always looking "Dead Red" and enjoys contact...generates power from his hips with closing burst and an attacking quickly and trusts what he sees...adequate athleticism in space when asked to cover and uses positioning well to bracket downfield leader with developing football smarts, showing improved pre-snap reads...experienced at FS, SS and on special teams coverage, collecting 7 career interceptions.

WEAKNESSES: Not a quick-twitch athlete and lacks the deep speed and hips to keep up in coverage...struggles to recover after false steps and a liability vertically...too reactionary and will struggle to finish in space...inconsistent timing and discipline - too many late and unnecessary hits...needs to improve his general awareness, often taking overaggressive angles and finding himself out of position...allergic to contact in man coverage and needs to develop a better understanding of what he can get away with...will lose track of the ball and is late to relocate - questionable instincts...violent player and will beat up his body, leading to long-term durability concerns - missed playing time each of his seasons in college, including three games in 2013...will turn 25 years old as a rookie.


Player Overview

A five-star recruit and widely considered the top prep safety, Loston originally committed to Texas A&M as a sophomore, but changed his mind and verballed to Clemson. However, he switched again after a coaching change at Clemson and signed with LSU, redshirting in 2009 after he was shelved with a wrist injury.

Loston was a role player in 2010 and 2011, stuck behind players like Tyrann Mathieu and Brandon Taylor before starting at SS next to Eric Reid as a junior in 2012. He set a personal-best with 57 tackles and 6 passes defended in 2013, earning Second Team All-SEC honors. Loston comes downhill like a freight train, but one that often hops the tracks, overrunning angles and lacking control - extremely physical and violent playing temperament.

He has tight hips and struggles to quickly change directions in coverage - an undisciplined, less athletic version of Eric Reid. Loston is at his best downhill as a box safety, but is a long-shot starter and will need to carve out a niche on special teams to survive roster cuts.

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Player News
01/01/2014 - Jeremy Hill rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns, helping No. 14 LSU and inexperienced quarterback Anthony Jennings hold off Iowa 21-14 in the Outback Bowl on Wednesday. Craig Loston's interception stopped a potential game-tying drive, giving Hill a chance to put the game out of reach by carrying four times for 87 yards on a six-play, 92 yard march that gave the Tigers (10-3) a 21-7 lead. Iowa (8-5) again pulled within a touchdown after Jordan Cotton returned the ensuing kickoff to the Tigers' 4. Jennings rushed for a touchdown but only threw for 82 yards while standing in for the injured Zach Mettenberger in the freshman's first college start. Backup quarterback C.J. Beathard `s fourth-down interception stopped one promising drive for Iowa, but he also tossed a 4-yard TD pass to Kevonte Martin-Manley to trim the Hawkeyes' deficit to 21-14 with 1:42 remaining. - AP Sports

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