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Sixth-Round Pick Qualls Bolsters D-Line

Posted Apr 29, 2017

The Eagles 2017 Draft was (seemingly) completed with the selection of Washington defensive tackle Elijah Qualls as the draft's 214th-overall pick.

Qualls joins first-round pick Derek Barnett as picks used to add talent to the team's defensive line. While Barnett plays on the outside, Qualls can disrupt plays from the interior of the line. In 39 games with the Huskies, Qualls piled up 78 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.

At the NFL Combine, Qualls measured in at 6-1, 313 pounds and benched 250-pounds 33 times, tied with Myles Garrett for the second-most of any defensive linemen. Lance Zierlein from had Qualls projected as a third to fourth-round pick, and listed his strengths as:

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.

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