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Cole Toner OT 6050 305 Harvard

With needs for a CB, OC and S met (& no draftable QB's left on their board. Cards used the second of their two 5th round selections (#170) to select the Harvard OT. Not that they needed another tackle, but (as they must have felt a year ago when they drafted Humphries) "you can never have too many quality tackles."

According to Pro Football Draft Guide, Toner has the requisite build and light feet for the position but is a bit underpowered and too much of a waist-bender. They feel he has some upside in a zone scheme.

Lindy's says he showed he could compete at a higher level at the Senior Bowl...Like PFDG, the writer feels Toner has a good upside as a backup tackle in a zone scheme...they like his overall athleticism...say he's more a positional blocker than a mauler...may lack the physicality needed to compete in the NFL and may need a year in the weight room.

PFW says he dominated at Ivy League levelof competition...Good in pass pro/competent run blocker....Raw technique...could be more physical...might project to OG in pros..."not nearly as good as Marpet"but has similar characteristics...projects as a backup.

According to Bob Rang of CBS Sports:

"Toner was pushed into a starting role at right tackle early on as a true freshman due to injury and kept this role for the final three-plus years of his career.

STRENGTHS: Possesses a legitimate NFL build with a naturally large frame, including broad shoulders and a relatively trim middle and impressive overall athleticism for an Ivy League prospect. Good initial quickness / shows balance and fluidity in kick slide, mirroring edge defenders in pass protection. Keeps his feet shuffling on contact, dancing with defenders due to his light feet, natural knee bend and anticipation of stunts and "surprise" blitzes.

Gets a strong initial shove at the line of scrimmage and is quick to the second level, showing the awareness to locate linebackers, as well as the agility to redirect to moving targets.

Durable. Started all but the first four games of his collegiate career at Harvard and competed at the Senior Bowl. Turned heads in Mobile, boosting his stock considerably by handling the jump in competition.

WEAKNESSES: Comes with obvious level of competition questions, despite a solid week at the Senior Bowl. Overly reliant on his initial burst and lateral agility, showing only average power with his hands and leg drive.

More of a positional blocker rather than a mauler at the line of scrimmage and may struggle with the increased physicality of the NFL, likely requiring at least one year in an NFL weight room before he's able to adequately hold up at the next level.

IN RANG'S VIEW: Shows a legitimate NFL caliber combination of size, agility and tenacity. Answered questions about his functional strength at the Senior Bowl, showing the grit to handle the jump in competition. May never prove a front-line starter in the NFL but he's talented enough to make a roster, possessing the quickness and technique to fit best in a zone-blocking scheme.





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