FAIRHOPE, Ala. — Craig Loston claims his one-on-one skills are the biggest thing he needs to work on between now and the NFL draft.
And Monday, during the first practice of this year’s Senior Bowl, Loston got right to it. By his account, everything went well.
“I think I did a good job in one-on-ones, staying with my man, being able to be with him step-for-step,” Loston said.
Regardless of what happens this week, however, Loston is happy to be in a position to showcase what he can do for the hundreds of NFL scouts and front office personnel who attend the annual pre-draft kickoff.
“It’s a blessing being able to be here in front of these guys and showcase my skills and try to do the right thing out of my scheme and show them I can do different things,” Loston said. “It’s a blessing and I’ve got to make the best of it.”
Loston’s morning began at the weigh-in, where he measured 6-foot, 214 pounds – or two inches shorter and five pounds heavier than his listed height and weight.
Still, at that size, he packed a powerful punch in LSU’s back end this season.
He finished sixth on the team with 57 total tackles and had a sack. His three interceptions tied for most on the team, as did his six pass defenses. He also had three pass breakups.
Loston thought about coming out as a junior when he finished with 55 tackles, three tackles for a loss, three interceptions and a fumble recovery. But he decided to stay in, citing personal goals and a love for LSU.
“I wanted to experience my last year,” he said. “I wanted to reach personal goals and also I wanted to graduate. It was a lot of reasons I wanted to stay. I’m thankful I stayed. I enjoyed my last year and now it’s onto the next step.”
As much as anything, though, Loston benefitted from one more under defensive coordinator John Chavis.
“It’s funny because the things we do is kind of like what we do, just different terminology,” Loston said when asked if the drills he ran Monday were similar to those at LSU. “We’ve just got to get used to that. As of now, everything has been the same. I think Chief has done a great job of getting us ready for a position like this.”