Tommy Togiai NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Cleveland Browns DL

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 1, 2021

Northwestern running back Cam Porter (20) runs with the ball as Ohio State defensive tackle Tommy Togiai (72) defends during the first half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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 6'1 1/2"

WEIGHT: 296 lbs



—High-effort player, which shows up on run downs.

—Has a strong upper body that allowed him to beat up Big Ten offensive linemen.

—Has some bend for his size.

—Long speed is better than most, which shows up on his high-effort plays.

—His best football came in his most recent games.

—Upside as a pressure nose tackle in pass-rushing situations.



—A finesse defensive tackle who lacks some of the power that others possess.

—He's a little risky when finishing plays and ends up on the ground.

—Must win down blocks and stretch blocks with penetration or risks being on the ground.

—Can stay on blocks too long.



23 TK, 4.5 TFL, 3 SK, 2 PBU, 1 FF



—One of the highest-rated Idaho prep players in history, as he was named first-team All-State three times and earned the state's Gatorade Player of the Year honors.

—Comes from a family of athletes, with his brother playing college football for the in-state Idaho State Bengals and his father playing professional rugby.

—Declared for the draft early after only seven starts, with his 2020 season cut short by COVID-19 protocols.



Often, Tommy Togiai looks like "just a guy" until you realize how young the ox-strong defensive tackle is into his career as a first-year college starter. Immediately, Togiai should provide upside as a pass-rushing nose tackle, as he can play those snaps at a relatively light weight due to his strength. The 21-year-old's ceiling is unclear, but he has room to grow into more than who he was on film with Ohio State. The fact that Togiai's best games came as the season developed will only further the notion that he is trending upward in his career.


GRADE: 7.5/10 (Round 3)



PRO COMPARISON: Javon Hargrave


Written by B/R NFL Scout Justis Mosqueda


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