Height: feet 6’1", Weight: 214 lbs
Strengths: Craig Loston is an experienced player from a top conference in college football, the SEC. Loston recorded 57 tackles (35 solo), 1 sack, 3 interceptions, and 3 passes defended. Loston is a big hitting strong safety with great downhill athleticism that can contribute in run support. He can make plays in the intermediate range, like generating interceptions within 10 to 15 yards of the line of scrimmage.
Weaknesses: Loston has a few major drawbacks. He had some injury issues at LSU, mostly smaller injuries that caused him to miss a game or two here and there. Craig struggled horridly in the passing game without Eric Reid in 2013, most evidenced by the fiasco Georgia game. While he has the ability to hit hard like many strong safeties, he has poor tackling techniques and can draw unwanted penalties.
Bottom Line: Craig Loston is a big hitting and run stopping safety, but he is a liability in the passing game. Loston played against good competition in the SEC and he will be drafted, but he will likely be drafted in the mid to late rounds of the draft.
Projected round: 3-4