There's nothing certain about making the jump to the NFL.
Nick Toon will have to prove his health and form in the draft process after suffering a foot injury.
NFL draft analyst for SI.com Tony Pauline tweeted Tuesday that Wisconsin star receiver had suffered an injury while training in Los Angeles.
CBS Sports reported on the injury and called it a significant one. That would almost have you thinking that Toon would pack it in and hope to make the jump to the NFL at a later date once his foot healed. This is the kind of setback that may have him a full season from the sport.
It seems there's hope for the Badgers standout to continue this year and hope to convince one NFL team that his health issues are well behind him.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports Toon sent university officials a text that stated his foot injury was not that serious, and he plans to in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 28th in Mobile, Alabama.
The unfortunate part is that scouts may see this as a lingering issue. The receiver underwent surgery on his left foot before the 2011 season.
It's important to note that he only missed one game last season and brought in 64 receptions for 926 yards and 10 touchdowns.
We certainly hope Toon makes it back, but initial reports would run counter to his optimistic outlook. Pauline writes, "Toon was participating in a running drill when a “pop” was heard from his foot."
There may not be a whole lot of time to get healthy, but there's certainly a great deal of opportunity to show he's capable if his foot injury is indeed not that serious.
There's the Senior Bowl on January 28th followed by the combine starting on February 22nd. Toon would then have a couple months after that to invite scouts to a pro day.
His hope to make the Senior Bowl invokes confidence that we will at least see him give the combine a go. Theres no question that Toon is a gifted athlete. The only question now is whether that foot injury will hamper him going forward.
If he can prove that it won't, you will see him in an NFL uniform next season.
UPDATE, January 11, 10:00 AM EST: According to a new report from CBSSports.com, Toon's injury isn't nearly as serious as they initially reported. In fact, the network reports that Toon will likely take part in the upcoming Senior Bowl, along with five other graduating Badgers, including quarterback Russell Wilson. At this stage, it doesn't seem likely that the injury will impact his draft stock in the slightest, although if he reinjures the foot in the Senior Bowl, we could see him slide down the board come the Draft.