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2015 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
4.652.631.6012 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 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

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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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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