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Prospect Profile: Washington DT Elijah Qualls

Posted Mar 15, 2017

Elijah Qualls

Defensive tackle | Washington | Redshirt junior

Height: 6-foot-1 | Weight: 321 pounds

College Stats

2016: Qualls played in 14 games and started 11 for Washington. He totaled 38 tackles (18 solo), 5.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks and received First-Team All-Pac-12 honors. Qualls recorded two tackles in the Pac-12 Championship game against Colorado and six against Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl that served as a College Football Playoff semifinal.

Career: Qualls totaled 77 tackles (42 solo), 11.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks in 38 games (19 starts) for the Huskies.

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 5.13 seconds

Bench press: 33 reps of 225 pounds

Broad jump: 8 feet, 9 inches

Vertical jump: 31.5 inches

3-cone drill: 7.65 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.66 seconds

Profile

Summary: After redshirting in 2013, Qualls first took the field for Washington in 2014, playing in all 14 games after not seeing any action as a true freshman. Rob Rang of CBS Sports compared Qualls to Texans defensive end Christian Covington in “quickness and motor to help collapse the pocket from the interior.”

According to CBS Sports, some of Qualls’ strengths include the following: initial quickness and lateral agility; keeping his eye on the ball and showing good vision; and decent arm length and strength for tackling.

“Given his considerable bulk, Qualls offers some rather unique traits with quick feet and a high-revving motor,” Rang said. “His lack of strength and inconsistent pad level are challenges that could keep him from starting at the next level, but he could prove a valuable disruptor in a rotational role.”

Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks listed Qualls as fifth-best among defensive tackles, while Mike Mayock did not include him in his top five. Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated ranked Qualls at No. 4 at his position in this draft class.  

All-Star competitor: Qualls was one of 24 college football players selected for the 2017 State Farm All-Star Football Challenge that took place on Feb. 3. Qualls placed third in the “Be the Match Lineman Strength Challenge” with a time of 24.4 seconds.