Drew Boylhart April 2008

Craig Steitz   S   LSU 

 

STRENGTHS

Craig has good size and decent speed to play his position.  He is a smart player who improved greatly this year from the beginning of the year to the end.  Craig's improvement through the year is the most intriguing part of his game because he improved both physically and mentally.  As he played better, he gained more confidence and his leadership skills started to flourish.  I don't feel that Craig has reached his physical and athletic limits yet.  By the time this kid got to the end of the 2007 season, his instincts, reactions and overall football intelligence were just starting to peak.  Craig looks to me to be an excellent developmental safety that will flourish as a special teams player as he learns to become an eventual starting safety in the NFL.      

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Craig just has to continue to get bigger, strong and faster.  He needs to improve in man to man coverage if he wants to be close to the line and cover TE's.  He has the physical talent -- he just needs to believe he has it.  Craig needs to improve his tackling head on as right now, he is more of a drag down tackler.  That's acceptable if you're a Free Safety, but you like your strong safeties to be a bit more physical when tackling.   Of course, his shoulder injuries will have to be checked out, but that should not be a problem.    

 

TALENT BOARD ROUND 4

Craig runs the risk of being a bit of a tweener.  Not physical enough to be a strong safety and not fast enough to be a free safety.  He should be able a play in a two deep zone system, but he will not stay on a roster very long if that is all he can play.  Craig will be a good fit as a strong safety, but he has to be a more physical tackler.  I think I see it in him but I think the problem right now is that he is thinking too much and does not want to make a mistake.  As soon as Craig gets bigger and stronger and understands the system he is in, he can let his instincts and reactions take hold and play better.  I feel that Craig has John Lynch type talent and, in time, should be a good safety for the team that drafts him.  While he learns, he should be an excellent special teams player.  In fact, it would not surprise me if he becomes one of the captains of his special teams unit.  On film, Craig looks like a quality kid who should be well worth the wait for him to develop.