Photo of Trae Elston
Grade
4.99 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'11" Height
  • 195LBS. Weight

Analysis

Strengths

Four-year starter in high­-end conference. Known for physical hitting as tackler. Will explode into and through ball catchers attempting to jar ball lose. Leaper who challenges the catch aggressively at the high point. Comes to balance as tackler. Soft hands to finish with interceptions. Returned two interceptions for touchdowns in 2015.

Weaknesses

Stiff-­hipped and looks labored in operational movement when coming out of his pedal. Recognition in coverage can be a step late. Doesn't consistently get jumps necessary to range from centerfield to challenge sideline throws. Lackadaisical pursuit. Gets caught behind downfield blockers rather than showing urgency to race ahead. Must do better job of squeezing routes. Lacking size/speed combination.

Draft Projection

Undrafted free agent

Bottom Line

Elston will flash with a big hit or a high-point pass break­up, but the consistency of effort isn't where it needs to be. Elston will blow up a receiver on one play and then attempt to avoid contact with a blocker 20 yards down the field on the next rather than enforcing his will on all plays. Elston's size, speed and instincts won’t jump off the screen at teams, but his production in 2015 will certainly get him noticed.
-Lance Zierlein
C
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

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