Stanford tight end Levine Toilolo will reportedly join teammate Zach Ertz by entering the 2013 NFL draft, according to David Lombardi of FOX Sports:
Levine Toilolo heading to NFL along with Zach Ertz. Ryan Hewitt, Luke Kaumatule, Davis Dudchock, maybe even Cajuste w/ big shoes to fill.— David Lombardi (@DavidMLombardi) January 8, 2013
"I look forward to being able to cheer for you guys during the National Championship Game!" - Stanford TE Levine Toilolo on leaving to NFL— David Lombardi (@DavidMLombardi) January 8, 2013
Toilolo is seen as one of the top tight end prospects in the country. His massive 6'8", 265-pound frame makes him a nightmare for defenders. He also has decent speed (4.86 40-yard dash), good leaping ability and above-average ball skills.
Toilolo isn't a polished route-runner, but he has shown improvement in that area throughout his time at Stanford. In his junior season, Toilolo was the Cardinal's third-most productive receiver, catching 24 passes for 393 yards and four touchdowns.
He is listed as the No. 5 tight end prospect by ESPN (Insider).
Ertz, who committed earlier on Monday, could be the first tight end selected in April's draft. Like Toilolo, his size (6'6", 249 lbs) is a major asset. He is also a crisp route-runner, and he has experience being the No. 1 option.
This season, Ertz caught 69 passes for 898 yards and six touchdowns. He was a finalist for the Mackey Award, which is given to the nation's top tight end.
Ertz is widely projected as a first-round pick.
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