The Eagles have had some success taking interior lineman in the latter part of the draft the last few years. Bennie Logan was taken in the 3rd round during the 2013 draft. Beau Allen was taken in the 7th round of the same draft and now we can add Elijah Qualls to the list of late picks trying to make an impact. Qualls played a variety of positions through out the defense line and was even shown rushing off the edge off from the linebacker position. Qualls joins a defensive line that no doubt needed help during the 2016 season. I expect him to make the team from a depth prospective. Right now I believe the Eagles are thin on interior defensive lineman.
Here are Elijah Qualls’ strengths and weaknesses from NFL.com – 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. Looks to pursue and run through the rib cage of a running back at impact. Two-gap reader with ability to eat space and brace up to double teams. Has ability to stuff wash-down blocks and cuts. Plays with good body control.
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. Scouts say he has put on bad weight and needs to improve his work ethic.
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Source(s) philadelphiaeagles.com – picture, NFL.com – scouting report.