Craig Loston – Safety
Loston is a fifth year senior and two year starter. Like Barrow, in the seasons he wasn’t starting, he was still getting a lot of play time as a backup. While Loston has been a durable performer throughout his career, he has already missed two games this year with injury.
On the hoof, Loston looks like the perfect safety. He has size (about 6’2-210), can run (4.50 play speed) and is both strong and explosive. I thought that he was reacting better on 2012 tape than he has to date in 2013. He has adequate instincts and can be a physical player. With his size and strength, he can be a force in run support. He comes up quickly, shows he can get rid of blocks, and is an aggressive tackler. In pursuit he takes good angles and has the catchup speed to get to the play.
In pass coverage, he shows he can play both man and zone. He has the feet and hips to lock on to a TE, back, or receiver in man coverage and show good mirror skills. He shows awareness in zone and usually does a good job keeping plays in front of him. His reactions in zone aren’t quite as quick as they are in man. In transition, he has no wasted steps and usually plays the ball well.
I see Loston as an eventual starter at the next level. He is going to need some time and coaching, but by his third year he should be a solid starter. He has the tools to be a very good special teams player while he is developing.
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