NFL Draft 2017: Philadelphia Eagles take Elijah Qualls of Washington in 6th round
The Philadelphia Eagles selected defensive tackle Elijah Qualls out of Washington in the sixth round of the NFL draft Saturday with the 214th overall selection.
Qualls was an all-Pac-12 first-team performer for the Huskies last season, totaling five tackles for loss and three sacks.
Here are segments of the NFL.com scouting report on the 313-pound Qualls.
Strengths: Has broad, thick hips. Possesses low center of gravity and plays with natural leverage. Has ability to control point of attack. Powerful upper body and can land a strong punch that sets a winning leverage point. Former high school fullback with nimble feet and surprising athleticism for his size. Has feet to overcome early reach block and work back into pursuit.
Weaknesses: Body consists of stubby legs, short arms and a very soft middle with excess weight. Can be a little sluggish off the snap against lateral movement. Will get behind early in the rep. More adept at holding ground than making plays. Feet are nimble but hips are stiff. Unable to flip around the edge as pass rusher. Need to see more plays being made against run and pass. Stays glued to blockers for too long. Game lacks consistency of effort and production.
The Eagles have no picks remaining in the draft. Here is a look at their class:
Round 1 (14th overall): Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
Round 2 (43rd overall): Sidney Jones, CB, Washington
Round 3 (99th overall): Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia
Round 4 (118th overall): Mack Hollins, WR, North Carolina
Round 4: (132nd overall): Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State
Round 5 (166th overall): Shelton Gibson, WR, West Virginia
Round 5 (184th overall): Nathan Gerry, LB, Nebraska
Round 6 (214th overall): Elijah Qualls, DT, Washington
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