STRENGTHS - Toilolo is a huge target for a quarterback as a receiver in the red zone due to his tremendous height. He shows soft hands and the ability to track and locate the ball and fight for it in traffic. At 6'8" tall, he has a natural advantage to go up and get the ball. He has enough speed to threaten the middle of the field and stretch the seam, and some quickness to gain separation from linebackers. He shows good footwork and hand usage to get off the line of scrimmage and into his routes and does a nice job settling into open pockets of the zone. Toilolo shows a nice burst when given a free release and can really eat up cushion with the long strides. He is an excellent blocker, using his long arms to create space and keep defenders at bay.
WEAKNESSES - Toilolo isn't an elite athlete with the natural speed to run away from a defense. He is a versatile player who can be an impact blocker as an in-line tight end, or a nice possession type tight end lined up out of the slot. He will have the occasional drop and concentration and focus needs to be improved. At times, he looks robotic while catching the ball and he needs to become more natural in this area. He has a very long stride and needs a step or two to get up to speed, but it doesn't hurt him as a route runner. He doesn't have great explosion out of his breaks and isn't going to wow with his ability to get open, but he is so big that he can "block out the sun" and keep defenders away from the ball with his long arms. There is no real elusiveness to his game as he is a straight-line runner with very little lateral agility. Teams like to jam him, trying to get him restarted because it takes a little time to get going again. He tore his ACL in 2010 but appears fully recovered from the injury.
SUMMARY - Toilolo has some very interesting potential going forward. He is a huge target with a massive catching radius which makes him an instant red zone threat. He was outperformed by Coby Fleener in 2012 and again in 2013 by Zach Ertz, but the former might be as over rated as Tolilolo is under rated. He can make plays down the seam and in the red zone with his route running abilities. For such a large player, he does a nice job of separating to get open in soft areas of the zone. He presents a mismatch problem for defensive backs because of the sheer size and again for linebackers because of his quickness. If he can improve his ability to catch the ball, he could be a real nice asset in the NFL for an offense looking for a player who can move the chains and bring a threat in the red zone. He is a very good blocker and can help immediately as an in-line blocker, using his long arms and core strength to wall off defenders. There isn't much elusiveness in his game as he is a straight-line runner once he has the ball in his hands, but he can help in a variety of ways. Toilolo is an under rated tight end prospect coming out of the pro-style offense that Stanford runs, and with a little seasoning he could develop into a nice player in the NFL. He warrants fourth-round consideration for a team looking for a massive target that can impact an offense in several ways.