Contrast is the name of the game in these first two draft profiles. Matt’s break down of Marquis Maze from earlier today pointed to size as one of his limiting characteristics. That will not be the case for our next potential Colts WR, Nick Toon from Wisconsin.
At 6’2’’ 215, this four-year Badger (three-year starter) was one of the main targets for a revamped passing offense in Madison last year. With a body (not skill set) similar to Larry Fitzgerald, Nick has the ability to use his frame to win the positioning battle. Few NFL Corners will have the ability to work back through him to get to the ball.
The question here has been and will continue to be injuries. After leading all Badger receivers as a sophomore in 2009, he missed time in 2010 with turf toe and a thigh bruise and rebounded to play in 13 of 14 games during his senior season leading the team with 64 catches and 10 TDs. Flashes of strong play give us a glimpse of the receiver he could be, but he is far from consistent.
There is no doubting the blood-line (Al Toon, #10 pick of the NY Jets in 1985, is his father) and the word that always comes to mind with him is "competitor." His ability to create space in small underneath windows and to make clean breaks on the ever popular back shoulder throw are pluses. He does not possess the top end speed to run by NFL corners and his size does limit his agility and elusiveness a bit. I still see him becoming a viable #2 receiver.
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Looks like a guy who can play on the outside as a legit number two wide out running the inward breaking routes with some time, but isn't ever going to be a dynamic playmaker.
The son of former Jets Pro Bowler Al Toon, Nick is an athletic, smart, competitive receiver with reliable hands and toughness to line up in multiple spots and make a variety of catches. However, his draft standing is suppressed by an inability to remain healthy.
40 Yard Dash - 4.54 sec
Bench Press - 18 reps
Vertical Jump - 37.5 inch
Will do the rest of the drills at Wisconsin Pro-Day. Did not participate in Senior Bowl due to Plantar Fascia.
My Take for the Colts -
I love Toon's pedigree having watched the end of his father's career in New York when I was first old enough to understand and care about football. His size and NFL smarts cannot be dismissed. He is one of the biggest receivers in this draft class and would be a great paring with an accurate QB that can put the ball where his size will be of most advantage. I think concerns with his speed and injuries will drop his stock a bit. With the recent spurning of the Colts by Pierre Garcon, this could be a a good fit for the Colts. If he is left at the third round selection, I think he would be a good choice but he may be long gone by that point.