2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin

by Cory J. Bonini on March 23, 2012 @ 23:36:11 PDT

 


Wisconsin wideout Nick Toon wrapped up his career with the Badgers and will test the waters of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Toon posted career bests in receptions (64), yardage (926) and touchdowns (10) in 2011. While those numbers don't jump off the page, it should be noted that Toon played in a heavy run-first offense.

Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin
Finely Tooned route runner

Strengths

  • Good size (6-foot-1 1/2, 215 pounds)
  • Physical hands - uses them well to beat press coverage
  • Good footwork
  • NFL bloodlines (son of wide receiver Al Toon)
  • Aggressive run blocker
  • Uses his size well to separate, especially in one-on-one jump-ball situations
  • Good ball security
  • Tough to bring down in the open field
  • Polished route runner
  • Plays in the slot and outside
  • Red zone target - 37 1/2-inch vertical jump

Weaknesses

  • Plays too upright at times
  • Lacks elite top-end speed (4.53-second 40-yard dash) and burst
  • Can get out of position as a run blocker
  • Major injury concerns (missed time in three of four seasons)
  • Stiff hips - lateral agility is, at best, average
  • Drops way too many passes (small hands at only nine inches)

Expected draft placement

Toon projects as a low-end third-round selection or possibly an early final-day pick. He profiles as a glorified possession receiver in the NFL, but he must improve his hands to achieve such.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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