Prospect: Levine Toilolo, TE, StanfordLevine Toilolo

Height: 6’8⅛”

Weight: 260 lb.

Athleticism:

  • Mostly a one-speed athlete, rears its head as a route runner
  • Movement ability as a whole is rather mechanical and rigid with poor body control
  • Disappointing leaper both in measurables and in game situations
  • Light and frequent feet with lateral quickness skills showing up in the run game
  • Has a tall and lean frame that still needs filling out, high center of gravity limits his ability to maintain balance through contact
  • Stronger than his frame indicates in both upper and lower body, hits above his weight

Hands:

  • Has plays where he looks the ball into soft hands and others where his concentration lapses and the ball clanks off his chest, really a mixed bag
  • Not a natural pass catcher, will fight the ball in the air and when it arrives at his hands
  • Struggles with the positioning of his hands relative to the ball, undeveloped part of his game
  • Flashes high point ability and has a perfect frame for it, catches balls away from his body more effectively than the ones inside his frame

Run Blocking:

  • Sinks his hips and shoots off the ball while staying low into first contact
  • Can stand up defensive ends at the point of attack with effectiveness
  • Has necessary strength in his hands to lock up defenders and control
  • Takes a quick first step to get lateral on and can seal off the edge using his quick feet
  • Able to sustain blocks well through strength of his upper body and by keeping his feet moving on contact
  • Not a nasty blocker and is an infrequent finisher, more of the wall-off type than a movement creator
  • Struggles to keep his eyes up to pick out moving targets while engaged with a first defender, will run past targets at second level on combo blocks to get to a less imminent threat

Routes/Receiving:

  • Undeveloped route runner as a whole with low upside due to lack of total body control and overall fluidity
  • Lacks precision in his cuts, consistently rounds off corners or uses many extra steps in order to break down and stay balanced through the break
  • Unable to press the technique of man coverage defenders to get them to flip their hips, defenders often sitting on the top of his routes
  • Can get bumped off of his routes too easily and is slow to regain his balance
  • Unable to get off the ground cleanly in jump ball situations when he has to play through contact
  • Struggles to free himself from the contact of press technique or zone linebackers, big target for the hands of defenders
  • Has ability to create space while the ball is in the air with his hands but needs more polish and consistency

Intelligence/Awareness:

  • Physical and aggressive blocker who doesn’t back down from a challenge against powerful defenders
  • Has experience in a pro-style offense under Pep Hamilton and worked with the likes of Coby Fleener and Zach Ertz at the tight end position
  • Was used in a number of different roles, from in-line tight end, to slot or boundary receiver, and to a backfield H-back role
  • Assignment aware player who plays with decisiveness and conviction

Overall:

Levine Toilolo comes from an offense that has been churning out NFL tight ends recently, but he’s not in the same mold as the others.  He has a rare body type, with a large frame and impressive definition.  He’s also a much better run blocker than you would expect just looking at him.  Toilolo actually won the starting tight end job over Coby Fleener as a redshirt freshman before suffering a season-ending knee injury after a single game.  He has been healthy ever since, but it may have set his development back from the get-go.  Toilolo’s career receiving starts are far from wowing, with a total of 50 receptions, 763 yards, and 10 touchdowns in essentially two seasons.  Most parts of his game are still raw and need development.  As a receiver, his route running is very elementary and he lacks the ability to use his size to create mismatches for defenses.  He will be able to contribute in the running game right away, which is a skill that is gradually losing value in tight ends.  As a whole, Levine Toilolo is a developmental prospect who can supplement a tight end corps needing a short yardage contributor.  His upside is prevalent, which is why he shouldn’t last any longer than the fifth round.

Originally published at DetroitLionsDraft.com: Levine Toilolo Scouting Report

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