Has nice hands and shows ability to adjust to the low throw. Has nice body control and can work the sideline. Has nice speed and can make plays downfield. Tracks the deep ball well and can make the grab over his shoulder. Is a smooth runner that gets a nice release off the line. Does a good job using his size to get position on slants and can get position on the fade routes in the redzone. Shows some shiftiness after the catch. Gives some effort as a blocker out on the edge and able to use size to get position in space.
Doesn't have great hands. Lets ball get into his body at times and is not able to consistently make the tough grabs in traffic. Doesn't always attack the ball in the air. Lacks an ideal first step to turn and get upfield after the catch. Not as good a blocker as he should be, allowing defender to initiate contact on the edge and needs to do a better job locking on.
Toliver is a talented receiver with good size. He does his best work when he can use his size to his advantage, such as on the deep patterns, slants, and in the redzone. But doesn't consistently get separation, and may be a bit of an underachiever. His production was probably down because of the inconsistency at quarterback at LSU, but he also didn't seem like he was at times fully engaged in going the extra mile.
Toliver projects as a complementary receiver at the next level, that has enough speed to stretch the defense and has the size to make up for the fact that he doesn't get a ton of separation. He is a similar prospect as Michael Jenkins, and he's a guy that has some upside if you can coach him up some. But it's doubtful he's going to be a reliable No. 2. Instead, he's likely to develop into a guy that can give you 50-60 catches per year as a starter, but isn't going to make a ton of splash plays with those opportunities. He's a guy that would be more effective probably as a No. 3 guy. The biggest question about him is how quickly he can develop into that role. He might be a bit rawer because the inconsistency of the LSU passing game put less demands on him. I wouldn't expect him to make a huge impact his first two years. By his third or fourth year, he should start to take his game to the next level. But he might wind up being a better player with his second team than he is with his first.
Toliver adds nice size and depth to the Falcons offense. He would eventually fill a similar niche as Jenkins down the raod, but he's a guy that is more of a depth guy initially. He adds a big, complementary target, but he's probably not an upgrade over Jenkins, just younger and has more years ahead of him. More than likely, he could add value as a No. 4 guy right off the bat, but isn't probably going to be more than a 30-catch receiver until his third or fourth year. He might make a nice No. 2 starter for the Falcons, but they probably can't be confident that he makes that move up the depth chart.
Toliver is a nice developmental No. 2 receiver, but because of his lack of upside, his value is that of a late third or early fourth round pick.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
After Catch: 2.5
Body Control: 3.0
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