Photo of Elijah Shumate

Combine Results

5.12 ?
  • 4.58 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 18 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 119.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 4.51 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'0" Height
  • 31 1/8" Arm Length
  • 216LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands


Even though Shumate was one of the top recruits nationally in his class, it took an injury to Austin Collinsworth just prior to the 2014 season opener for Shumate to receive a starting spot. He showed enough flashes during his junior year, such as his 13-tackle performance against USC at the end of the regular season and big hits in the Music City Bowl, to have scouts quite interested in his potential. Shumate's senior year didn’t have a lot of big moments but he did start 12 of 13 games, making 70 tackles, 6.5 for loss, intercepting one pass and breaking up two others in a solid season for the Irish.

Pro Day Results

Short shuttle: 4.26 seconds
3-cone: 7.03 seconds



Has the desired build for a box safety. Physical, willing defender. Shows some straight line speed. Plays with good closing speed to the sideline against the run. Shows no hesitation to come down into the box and support the run. Clicks the accelerator and fires into his hits when he gets the chance. Has cover value on special teams.


Extremely rigid in his backpedal and plays with paralyzing hip stiffness when it is time to open up and cover against the deep ball. Man coverage is not his thing. Has blinders on and becomes too obsessed with his immediate responsibility rather than surveying the play. At times, comes in too hot and misses the tackle. Not very instinctive or natural with some of the angles he takes to the play.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

Sources Tell Us

"He will have to play near the line of scrimmage and would need to play zone only. I think he's a free agent." -- Midwest area scout

Bottom Line

Box safety who was asked to play a more diverse safety spot for the Irish, but who lacks the instincts and athleticism to play in space on the next level. His size should get him a look, but he needs to improve his consistency as a tackler and show that he has cover value on kickoffs to help him make a roster.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster