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One of the many rugged, hard-hitting safeties in this year's draft, Loston earned all-SEC second-team honors in each of his last two seasons in Baton Rouge after not making much noise early in his LSU career. Considered by many scouts to be the top safety prospect as a high school senior in Houston, Loston's college career got off to a rough start when he played just two games and suffered a wrist injury that forced him to take a medical redshirt in 2009. When he returned to the field, Loston was used mostly on special teams and totaled 36 tackles and one interception in 24 games with two starts in his first two seasons of regular action. Loston finally cracked the starting lineup as a junior in 2012, recording 55 tackles and three interceptions while starting all 12 games for the 10-3 Tigers. Though he had two more tackles and the same number of picks while playing two fewer games as a senior in 2013, some NFL scouts believe Loston took a step back in his progression from his junior year and lacked confidence at times during his final college season. Still, he is likely to hear his named called in either the fourth or fifth round and has the talent and drive to immediately contribute on special teams at the NFL level. Though Loston has been compared to Denver's T.J. Ward because of his similar body type and success at stopping the run when playing in the box, he doesn't possess eye-popping speed - he ran the 40 in 4.65 seconds at the combine - and often struggles when faced with guarding receivers in man-to-man coverage.