Levine Toilolo Scouting Report

March 27th, 2013

Toilolo has great length and blocking skills, but the hands and routes are issues

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Prospect: Levine Toilolo, TE, Stanford
Height: 6’8⅛”
Weight: 260 lb
Grade: 6.78 (Grading Scale)

Scouting Report:

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.—Darren Page

Scouting Notes:

Stanford vs. USC
• Fails to separate on a seam route against T.J. McDonald, quarterback throws the ball to the inside but Toilolo can’t fight through contact to get to the ball or force a pass interference
• Lets McDonald get onto his hip on another seam route and quits on the route while McDonald leads him up the field
• Walls off an outside linebacker to the outside on a lead in shortage yardage, mirrors him as he shoots backside of the block and keeps him engaged until the whistle
• Gets Morgan Breslin stood up at the point of attack and wedges him to the outside when he takes a step that way, pins the defensive end to open up a hole, which Stepfan Taylor finds and goes for a long touchdown run
• Tries to set up a linebacker with an inside step on seam route and gets knocked off balance by the contact the backer creates, ends up on the ground
• Fails to get past the sticks on third and medium on a hook route, catches the pass with arms extended but is brought down by multiple defenders short of necessary yardage
• Creates adequate separation from the underneath linebacker on a seam route with a slight push off, highpoints the ball well and adjusts to the ball in the air to come down with the catch
• Gets the call on a goal line fade pass, never really gets off the ground when he takes a bump
• Sets up a seam route well by working to the outside first, getting a zone linebacker to flip his hips, before working back inside the coverage, quarterback finds him for an easy first down underneath the safety
• Gets inside the man coverage again on a seam route but can’t elevate off the ground to make the catch, ball is tipped and ends up intercepted
• Unable to get across the face of Breslin on the backside of an off tackle run, who crashes inside and chases down the play to make the tackle
• Has single coverage against a smaller cornerback on the boundary, quarterback tries to throw back shoulder downfield, but Toilolo doesn’t anticipate it and doesn’t outman the corner with his body to make use of the size advantage, who bats it away
• Wide open on a deep corner route after losing a linebacker in man coverage who got no safety help he may have expected, unseen by the quarterback

Stanford vs. Washington
• Allows linebackers to get to his frame and knock him off balance as a route runner on multiple occasions
• Has a mismatch with a small linebacker on the boundary, quarterback throws it up for him and he separates well with his hands before highpointing the ball, holds it with one hand while going down and ball knocked out by the hit of the safety
• Stops his feet and gets lazy on a backside seal block, defensive end slides off and makes the tackle after chasing the run down
• Leaks out of the backfield as the lead blocker on a screen pass, gets onto the hip of a safety and wedges him to the outside but can’t quite finish off the block
• Pancakes a linebacker at the line of scrimmage after winning the leverage battle up front and churning his legs
• Redirects quickly to mirror a linebacker who darts to the outside after working upfield, able to wall him off to the outside of an off tackle run
• Has Desmond Trufant in single coverage on the boundary, unable to press up on Trufant to get him out of his packpeddle at all when the QB throws it up, ends up out of the reach of Toilolo for an interception

Stanford vs. Notre Dame
• Gets to the outside shoulder of the outside linebacker and drives him to the inside, clearing a fine hole around the edge for Stepfan Taylor
• Unable to separate from the underneath linebacker coverage up the seam, ball is thrown anyways and overthrown for an easy interception by the safety
• Fails to separate out of his break against Manti Te’o on a ten yard and out route, Te’o able to break on the ball and get a hand in to break it up
• Shuffles upfield and walls off Te’o to the inside on a toss
• Runs a lazy, rounded-off corner route and Zeke Motta picks up on it quickly to cover it up and force the throw elsewhere
• Gets his hands to the frame of a defensive end and stands him up at the point of attack, sustains well while the back changes directions multiple times in the backfield
• Doesn’t exactly run off Motta, who’s sitting on his hook route, but has him boxed out well when the ball comes out but can’t get down to scoop up of a wobbly throw that does go through his hands
• Gets to the inside of Stephon Tuitt with a quick lateral first step and has enough strength to wall him off just long enough to keep the hole from collapsing
• Runs a poor route on a ten yard and out, rounds it off with poor footwork, allowing the safety to get a quicker break on it, but extends well away from his body to make a fine catch near the sideline, but can’t hold it all the way to the ground while taking a hit from the safety

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