Photo of Elijah Qualls
5.6 ?
  • 5.13 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 33 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 105.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.65 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.66 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 30 5/8" Arm Length
  • 313LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands


Comparisons between Qualls and former squat teammate Danny Shelton (picked 12th overall in 2015 by Cleveland) are inevitable. The California native was a prized recruit, and even ran for over 1,800 yards and 23 scores in his final two years in high school. Qualls played 14 games as a reserve (13 tackles, two for loss) as a redshirt freshman, then started eight games the following year (26 tackles, 4.5 sacks). Ddespite missing three games with ankle injuries, Pac-12 coaches thought enough of his 2016 play to vote him first-team all-conference (38 tackles, five for loss, three sacks) as the Huskies won the league crown and gained a college football playoff berth. Scouts appreciated Qualls' effort in the semifinal against Alabama, where he played almost exclusively as a stand-up edge rusher despite his 300-plus-pound frame.



Has broad, thick hips. Possesses low center of gravity and plays with natural leverage. Has ability to control point of attack. Powerful upper body and can land a strong punch that sets a winning leverage point. Former high school fullback with nimble feet and surprising athleticism for his size. Has feet to overcome early reach block and work back into pursuit. Looks to pursue and run through the rib cage of a running back at impact. Two-gap reader with ability to eat space and brace up to double teams. Has ability to stuff wash-down blocks and cuts. Plays with good body control.


Body consists of stubby legs, short arms and a very soft middle with excess weight. Can be a little sluggish off the snap against lateral movement. Will get behind early in the rep. More adept at holding ground than making plays. Feet are nimble but hips are stiff. Unable to flip around the edge as pass rusher. Need to see more plays being made against run and pass. Stays glued to blockers for too long. Game lacks consistency of effort and production. Scouts say he has put on bad weight and needs to improve his work ethic.

Sources Tell Us

"I think he's a better three-technique than a nose tackle. He's quick enough to play three, but he's getting too fat and needs to drop down to around 310 to be at his best. If he keeps getting bigger he will have to play nose. He's a run-stuffing interior lineman though and those types of players are a dime a dozen." -- NFC West area scout

NFL Comparison

Corey Liuget

Bottom Line

Athletic interior defender with the play traits and ability to play three-technique or nose tackle in the right scheme. Qualls' draft stock could be a hurt by a lack of desired length and a growing concern in scouting circles that he is a boom-or-bust prospect with concerns over his future weight and work ethic. He has the talent to become a solid, early-down run defender but is unlikely to ever factor as a pass rusher.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.