This kid has the size that MP likes for his Linebackers. He mostly played DE at Stanford but he’s fast for his size, he proved to be one of the more athletic Edge guys at the Combine. He ran a 4.62 and he had a 39" vertical which was 3rd best. His broad-jump was 126", tied for 5th. His Shuttle was 4.21 seconds, tied for 2nd best.
He had 8 sacks last season and a forced fumble. He’d be a project for us but he has the tools I believe to get better.
Toohill not only had his best year on the field for the Cardinal in 2019, but he was also named a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which is awarded to a scholar-athlete for “combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.” He started all 12 games for the first time in his career as a fifth-year senior, earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors by leading his squad with 11.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks among his 60 stops. Toohill started five of seven games played in 2018 (29 tackles, three for loss, two pass breakups), missing time in the middle of the year with an injured left arm. He played in 13 games as a redshirt freshman in 2016 (22 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two pass breakups) and suited up for all 14 games as a reserve the following year (21 tackles, four for loss, one interception, two pass breakups). Toohill was a second-team All-State pick at Central Catholic High School in San Diego as a senior (18 sacks).
By Lance Zierlein
Toohill’s a tricky projection based upon his issues stopping the run, but he has great flashes as a pass rusher. His body type may not be fully finished and additional play strength would be crucial considering his inability to anchor and shed against run blocks. His rush is much less effective against stronger tackles, but he’s a decent athlete and hints at rush skill that has room for development. He’s currently caught between a 3-4 OLB and 4-3 DE. If he can become bigger, stronger and more polished as a rusher, he might make sense as a backup edge with sub-package talent as a wide-9 technique.
- Possesses NFL frame ready to take on additional muscle mass
- Posted 11.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks in first year as full-time starter
- Length to overtake stutter-stepping runners from backside
- Fluid and athletic when playing downhill
- Upfield rush bolstered by snap quickness
- Active hands work to displace punch and attack resets
- Bend and agility to bend the top of the rush
- Pass rush has a second gear to close
- Lays the lumber into quarterbacks every shot he gets
- Has two career blocked extra points
- Doesn’t use hands to take charge at point of attack
- Unable to anchor down and hold the edge
- Struggles to come unglued from blocks
- Sputters to recover once he’s behind during engagements
- Leggy and lethargic with lateral slides to close down gaps
- Doesn’t hit speed to conversion effectively as rusher
- Rush counters are telegraphed
- Redirect blocks tap his brakes when attacking the edge
- Not athletic enough for spot drops in coverage
Sources Tell Us
“I put a projection grade on him because he’s athletic and long and should grow into his frame even more. I think he’s way better in two years.” – West Coast scout for NFC team