Stanford tight end Levine Toilolo is an excellent physical talent who would make sense for the Atlanta Falcons to bring in as a red-zone matchup. He fits in best as a secondary tight end.
Atlanta has shown interest in the giant tight end sending a contingent to Stanford to work out him and a few others according to Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.com:
Can confirm Levine Toilolo/TE/Stan working out for Atlanta Falcons today w/Brian Schwenke & Stepfan Taylor....waiting to hear on Zach Ertz..— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) April 7, 2013
This makes a lot of sense as the Falcons will need to bring in some talent at tight end for the long term. Follow along as I profile the Stanford talent:
Height: 6'8-1/8" Weight: 260 pounds
Arm Length: 34-1/2" Hand Measurement: 10-1/4"
40 yard dash: 4.79 sec. 10 yard split: 1.68 sec.
20 yard shuttle: 4.57 sec. 3-cone Drill: 7.09 sec. Bench Reps: 19 reps
Vertical Jump: 33.5" Broad Jump: 9'9"
2012: 14 Games Played, 24 Catches, 393 Yards, 4 Touchdowns
2011: 12 Games Played, 25 Catches, 343 Yards, 6 Touchdowns
2010: 1 Game Played, 1 Catches, 27 Yards. Sustained injury first catch and was lost for the season.
2009: Redshirted during his freshman year
Levine Toilolo's biggest strength is in his head. He's one of the most intelligent players in the draft. Add this to his versatility, size and his ability to line up everywhere, Toilolo will create matchup nightmares for defensive coordinators.
At this time, he's an adequate blocker with solid hands and great length. If he can get more fluid in his movements, he could be a truly special player at the NFL level. He does have a low floor in that he will at a minimum be a solid No. 2 tight end and wall-off blocker on the edge of runs.
He's not a great route runner or even a great athlete. His worst abilities tend to come when he is out running routes. He can gain separation sometimes but has trouble shaking his man. Ideally, the offense will have him run a ton of combo routes to hide this flaw.
As a blocker, he will have trouble adjusting to the NFL game. He has middling strength. His hand usage will need to be vastly improved for his impact to be felt. He could be an interesting second-level blocker but he will need a ton of refinement in his technique.
Toilolo isn't a great blocker or a great player all-together. However, with his height, weight and hands, he will bring up memories of Leonard Pope. The Falcons would be wise to bring a guy like Toilolo in for their two and three tight-end sets.
How does he fit the Comrade Filter?
On the bright side, he's never been arrested or suspended to where he's never had to miss any time away from the game. He's also been one of the best teammates for the Cardinal as he has taken the secondary tight end role for three straight years to 2012 Colts second round pick Coby Fleener and 2013 prospect Zach Ertz.
He hasn't complained one bit and just played his role. While he isn't a captain, sometimes bringing in a follower is never a bad thing. He won the Stanford football T.E.A.M. Technician Award which Stanford says is for "technique, effort, attitude and mental discipline." Hard-working contributors like Toilolo are hard to find and when you can get one like him, it's always a good idea to bring him in.
How he would fit into the Falcons' plans
Levine Toilolo is expected to go in the fifth round or later. He would be an ideal long term fit for a red-zone tight end and bigger in-line blocker. He could give the Falcons a unique situation in goalline sets. His size and ability to use his body to get the ball at a higher point helps them attack the end zone better and would make this a good pick.
All stats used are either from Pro Football Focus's Premium Stats, ESPN, CFBStats or the NFL. All contract information is courtesy Spotrac. All recruiting rankings come from 247Sports.com.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.