Elijah Qualls
Round 4-5
Quality Backup

Elijah Qualls

Defensive Tackle
  • Year: Redshirt Junior
  • Height: 6-0 5/8
  • Weight: 313
  • 40-Yard: 5.13
  • Arm: N/A
  • Hand: N/A

Strong Points

Huge wide body who occupies space and blockers. Runs well for a big man. Shows good initial quickness to get penetration. Very strong and powerful at the point, never gives ground to blockers. Does well versus double teams.

Weak Points

Short with very short arms (30 5/8 inches). Not a good pursuit player. During the season, he was too heavy for his frame. He dropped weight for the Combine and worked out well. What will he be in the NFL?

The Way We See It

Qualls was a very good college player but it is questionable whether that play can carry over to the NFL. D-line coaches prefer not to have players with short arms and Qualls has very short arms. Still, his tape is impressive. He is quick off the ball and is a disruptive force in the run game. He should be able to play on the nose in either a 3-4 or 4-3 but will only be a two-down player. Has value as a run defender but will never be a pass rusher.