Has very good hands and consistently catches the ball with them. Will high point the ball when working in traffic, and consistently attacks the ball on the comebacks and fades. Does a good job going up for the throws and shows good body control to adjust in the air. Uses his body well to get position over the middle on the crossing routes. His ball skills make him an effective vertical receiver because of his ability to go and get the ball when he gets position against the corner downfield. Does a nice job working the sideline with his feet when making the grab there. Flashes some attention to detail with his route-running, showing a bit of a head fake. Has some strength as a runner after the catch. Gives good effort as a run blocker and does a nice job getting position against defensive backs downfield. Even gives good effort when they run to the opposite field, going after and hitting most of his assignments.
Lacks speed and burst. Struggles at times to beat press coverage off the line, and will have a difficult time separating from top corners. Doesn't get up to speed quickly, and not a guy that is going to accelerate off the line on the vertical routes and run by a corner. Won't create that separate needed on the crossing routes and slants to really get yardage after the catch. Will have some drops due to lapses in concentration from time to time, including when he tries to make a move after the catch before securing the ball. Doesn't always hit all of his blocking assignments and can be tentative at times when going up against a physical safety about initiating contact.
Toon is your classic case of what many years ago would have been pegged as a possession receiver. He's a sure-handed guy that is very effective moving the chains. But with the changes to the game and the emphasis on passing and the big play, his stock wouldn't be as high as it would have been a decade or so ago. He's a sure-handed receiver that works well in Wisconsin's run-first attack. He's a playmaker in college and their go-to wideout for a few years, but he's probably more effective because of how much defenses key on their running attack. He got a big boost from having a quarterback like Russell Wilson this past year because now they could exploit the deep ball. He made several plays down the field, but he's not a vertical threat in the pros. His father is former Jets wideout Al Toon
2011 GAMES WATCHED:
(9/1) vs. UNLV: 2 targets, 2 rec., 54 yards (27.0 avg), 0 TDs, 0 drops
(10/1) vs. Nebraska: 5 tgt., 4 rec., 94 yds (23.5 avg), 1 YAC (0.3 avg), 1 TD, 1 drop
(12/3) vs. Michigan St: 6 tgt., 3 rec., 34 yds (11.3 avg), 15 YAC (5.0 avg), 0 TDs, 1 drop; 1 penalty (clipping)
(1/2) vs. Oregon: 10 tgt., 9 rec., 104 yds (11.6 avg), 34 YAC (3.8 avg), 1 TDs, 0 drops
2011: 13 GP/13 GS, 64 catches, 926 yards, 14.5 avg, 10 TDs
- missed 3 games in 2010 due to turf toe, and 1 game due to a bruised thigh
Toon probably would only be a starter on teams that like to run the ball. In that sense, he can make up from his lack of playmaking abilities with his blocking abilities. There he could be a solid No. 2 receiver, especially if the No. 1 guy is a bit more of a dynamic option. In that sense, he offers similar value and potential as a Michael Jenkins when he was across from Roddy White in Atlanta. The difference is Toon is more sure-handed and physical than Jenkins. Toon is a player that could also work well in a spread attack. Because of his size he can be very effective on an island against corners. In that way, he reminds me a bit of James Jones, although I think Jones is probably a bit more sudden. But Toon also has better hands. For most NFL teams, he'll probably be a No. 3 wideout and can be a guy that helps move the chains. His success against the better corners in the league will depend almost exclusively on his ability as a route-runner. He's pretty good there already, but he'll need to be a lot better at the next level to be able to separate. Top corners in the pros are going to be very effective at containing him, particularly early in his career because of that burst to really separate. Against lesser and smaller corners, Toon will be more effective because of his size and physicality. In that sense, he's probably a better comparison to Jordy Nelson than Jones. Like Nelson, he's not going to be a player, particularly early on that is going to consistently make plays. But as a third option in the passing game, he can be very productive. And like Nelson as he starts to near the end of his rookie contract, he should start to show more ability as a starter. He'll be a good pro. LIke Nelson, in an offense with a good passer and other playmakers around him he can be a very effective role player. On a team that has question marks at quarterback or lacks other playmakers, he can be solid, but they'll always be looking for someone that can put fear in defenses, and that's never going to be Toon. But he should have a long pro career, and in most offenses be able to consistently catch between 40-60 passes per year as a solid complementary player.
Jordy Nelson, Packers.
Toon could definitely add solid depth here in Atlanta as a No. 3. He has the ball skills and size that could make him a more effective slot receiver than Harry Douglas, particularly on the more vertical routes. But at the same time, his ideal role would be playing outside, and allowing a guy like Julio Jones to move into the slot and be more of a dynamic weapon. As far as third options, he could really shine in that role because of all the coverages that guys like Jones, Roddy White, and Tony Gonzalez can draw away from him, which should leave him isolated against lesser corners. And unlike Douglas, because of his size he can tend to dominate those matchups. He would definitely add depth in Atlanta, and be a much more ideal injury replacement for either Jones or White on the outside than Douglas would. And because of his blocking ability, he should also fit well in Atlanta. As a rookie, he would likely be a 20-catch guy as the No. 4 receiver. But in his second or third year, he could start to pass Douglas on the depth chart for a lot of those reasons previously mentioned, and eventually develop into more of a 40-50 catch guy, particularly if the Falcons start to open up their passing attack more going forward.
The fact that Toon isn't going to be a big-time playmaker or a starter on most teams probably means he would be a reach before the third round. But because he is a guy that can be a solid complementary guy, he is worth a second day pick.
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After Catch: 4.0
Body Control: 7.5
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