Photo of Shalom Luani
Drafted By: Raiders
  • Round 7
  • Pick 3
  • Overall 221

Combine Results

Grade
4.99 ?
  • 4.55 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 116.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.87 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.21 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.22 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Luani will likely earn his paycheck as a core special teams member in the NFL but he can really unload on ballcarriers. At best, he could earn a rotational role as a nickel safety down the road. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 5'11" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 202LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands

Analysis

Strengths

Two-year production including 157 tackles and eight interceptions will catch your eye. Former soccer player with good balance and footwork in space. Displays good reactive quickness in his transition to the football. Excels in zone coverage underneath. Plays with good route anticipation and will jump the routes. Reads quarterbacks and is willing to break off coverage and overlap into another area to make a play on the ball. Has timing and hands to make consistent plays on the football when he's in position.

Weaknesses

Teams will have trouble trusting him as a tackler. Has been tagged with 31 missed tackles and 11 broken tackles allowed in just two seasons. Instincts against the run are below average and he'll take poor angles to the ball. Too eager to fill rather than waiting for running back to commit to a run lane. Not a form tackler. Needs a more square-up, wrap-up approach. Loses track of deep ball responsibilities, at times, when asked to play on the back end.

Draft Projection

PFA

Bottom Line

Luani has the ball production and enough flashes on tape that scouts will be forced to keep him alive in their draft meetings. While Luani showed some improvement as a tackler, Washington State was forced to protect him by playing him in more underneath zone where he was able to cover and not worry about being the last line of defense. Luani likely needs to get his start as a special teams cover man, but without fundamental tackling, that could be a challenge.
-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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