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LSU Football 2014 NFL Draft Profile: Craig Loston

Talking the senior safety's draft prospects.


Craig Loston

Position: Safety
Combine Height/Weight: 5-11, 217 pounds
LSU Listed Height/Weight: 6-2, 209
Hand Size: 9 3/4 inches
Arm Length: 30 3/4 inches
40-Yard Dash Time: 4.65 (4.58 at LSU's Pro Day)
Bench-Press Reps (of 225 pounds): 12
Vertical Jump: 32.5 inches
Short/Long Shuttle: 4.35/12.02
3-Cone Drill: 7.15
Broad Jump: 119 inches


Well-built, physical safety...reacts quickly and closes to the ball faster than his 40 time suggests...flies up in run support...big hitter that will drop his shoulder into a ball-carrier's chest...strong hands and plays the ball well...vocal leader and can keep other defensive backs lined up...hard worker and respected in the locker room.


First and foremost, has injury red flags: wrist, back and a couple of concussions...really struggles in man-coverage -- gives too much cushion to receivers, and doesn't turn his hips and change directions well...will lose fundamentals as a tackler trying to make the big hit and doesn't always wrap up...can be confused by multi-receiver route concepts in front of him...will over-pursue and get broken down versus the run, and also vulnerable to play-action.


If teams can get past his injury concerns, Loston's best game is with his eyes in the backfield. He'd be a good fit as a deep-half safety in a cover-two scheme, where his man-coverage responsibilities can be limited and he can roam, play the ball and punish receivers. He'll also be an enthusiastic special teams player that bust his butt to make a roster. But he's a relatively finished product and there's not much upside to him, and that really compounds his limitations. If the red flags on his medical report don't scare a team off, he might go in the fifth-sixth round. If they don't, he'll be an undrafted free agent.