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Nick Toon is a big, playmaking wide receiver from the University of Wisconsin. At his recent pro day he measured in at a little over 6’1” and 215 pounds. He ran a 40-yard dash time in 4.43 seconds, had a vertical jump of 39”, and produced a broad jump of 10’10”. Any concerns about the status of this foot have been put to bed.
I spoke with Toon after his pro day, and he was very refreshing to talk to. I was excited to get to talk to him as I have followed him at Wisconsin for a few years. He played in a notoriously electric college stadium and in a great college city in Madison, WI. Having been there, I can attest to everything you have heard about Camp Randall Stadium.
I asked him what it was like playing in Wisconsin. “I don’t think that there is any stadium that is as fun to play in as Camp Randall,” Toon said. He also said that Wisconsin had the best fans in the nation and that is “a great atmosphere” and “awesome college town.”
Wisconsin played in the Rose Bowl against Oregon this past season, and Toon had a very good game. He caught nine passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. I asked about the Rose Bowl and what it was like playing in it.
“Well, I mean, obviously we got the opportunity to play in back to back Rose Bowls and both times being out there it was amazing,” Toon said. He mentioned that many people never have the opportunity to play in the Rose Bowl, and that to play in two was a unique opportunity.
“I was very fortunate and very blessed to get the opportunity to go out there and play. And it was really fun. You know it’s just another opportunity to go out there and compete and play in a big time game.”
Toon’s father was a great wide receiver in the NFL. He was a three-time Pro Bowler and a member of the New York Jets from 1985-1992. I asked what kind of role his father had in his football career.
He stated, “Obviously my dad’s a great resource. He’s never forced me into anything but he’s always been there as a resource and someone I can go to for help, and, you know, obviously he was, he was a great player.”
“He’s one of the best to ever play the game. He knows things about the position, the nuances and the little things of playing the position that some other people may not know. So, he’s definitely a great resource and I have definitely utilized him throughout my career.”
We talked about the NFL and what his future might hold. Toon is known as a very good route runner with reliable hands, and has very good ability to separate at the line of scrimmage. I asked if he thought his size was an advantage for him.
“Everybody has their strong suit. Size is definitely one of the assets I have. You know, I try to use it as a strength, and just try to utilize what God has given me,” said Toon.
“It’s just a tremendous opportunity even to be in the position I am in today. I‘ve been very blessed and very fortunate to get to this point in my career.”
We talked about his route running, his footwork, and what the strengths of his game are. “Being crisp and having good footwork and running good routes and going out there, being where you are supposed to be when you are supposed to be there, and, you know, being consistent for the quarterback,” said Toon, when asked what he thought he could bring to an NFL team.
“I think another thing that goes unnoticed but is very important and I think it’s one of the strongest, if not the strongest part of my game is my hands. You know, I catch almost everything that comes to me.”
He went on say that he has worked hard at the little things and in studying the details of the position, ultimately making him a better player. “Those are all things that turn you into a good player. You know, I’ve tried to focus on those things.”
When asked what he would tell the fans of the team that draft him, he said that he would thank the team for drafting him and believing in his ability. “I’d like to think that I’ll be asset, not only as a receiver but as a team member.” Toon said he was a team player and wanted to help the team win games, because, at the end of the day, that is what football is all about.
“You go out there to win and you go out there and compete. And, you know, they’re, they’re going to be getting that competitor and someone that’s going to go out there and help the organization win games.”
Nick Toon is going to be a valuable member of a team’s offense as he can get open and he can make plays with the ball in his hands. He has really good size and very good production on a team that ran a run first and foremost offense.
At some point in the 2012 NFL draft a team is going to call his name and they will be getting a very good football player, a player that’s going to work hard to contribute right away.
Scott Bischoff is a Contributor for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.