Elijah Shumate, SS

School: Notre Dame  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: East Orange, NJ
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 216 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.562.691.6218 339'11"4.51-

Player Overview

A two-year starter at strong safety for the Irish, Shumate earned the opportunity to start as a junior when Austin Collinsworth went down with an injury and made the most of his playing time, blossoming as a senior. He finished top-three in tackles for the Irish each of the last two seasons, posting career-bests in 2015 with 70 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Big-boned and well-strapped together for the position. Quick reactor high-to-low in run support. Stubborn tackler, breaking down and wrapping to finish in the open field. Physical striker and plays chicken with tight ends down the seam. Generates power through his lower body and enjoys contact.

Covers a lot of ground with consistent play speed (on the same 4x400 relay team with Leonte Carroo and Jabrill Peppers in high school). Closes well on his target, throttling down and collecting himself. Unwinds himself to blocks with aggressive hand use. Plays with disregard to his body, toughing out injuries. Improved confidence and production with each game.

WEAKNESSES: Plays tight in his transition and lacks explosive traits to flip his hips or change directions. Inconsistent anticipation in coverage and looks like he is guessing out there. Below average route recognition and often a step late, leading to blown responsibilities. Overaggressive angles and doesn't properly leverage inside gaps, attacking before diagnosing. Limitations moving laterally.

Inconsistent strike zone and makes tackles tougher than they need to be. Below average ball production and not a ballhawk in coverage. Loses sight of the ball in traffic and needs to better sift through a crowd. Won't narrow the gap chasing and lacks a second gear to make up for false steps.

IN OUR VIEW: Shumate has straight-line speed to be a downfield thumper, but his lack of twitch, athleticism and instincts make him a liability in man coverage. Although limited in pass defense, he is a fearless tackler, which serves him well on special teams coverages and will be the key to him making a NFL roster.

Dane Brugler (3/8/16)

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