2017 NFL DRAFT

Craig Loston, SS

School: LSU  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Houston, TX
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 217 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
16355

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.652.70-12 32 1/2-4.357.15
Workout 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

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.

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 attitude...read/reacts quickly and trusts what he sees...adequate athleticism in space when asked to cover and uses positioning well to bracket downfield targets...team 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.

--ROB RANG

 
 
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