NFL Draft Profile: WR Nick Toon

The son of legendary Al Toon, WR for the New York Jets, Nick Toon is a standout receiver from the University of Wisconsin. Toon had a fantastic senior season, catching 10 touchdowns on the season and 64 catches. Would this redzone threat have success in the NFL, and more importantly, on the Colts?

Pros

  • Is a very good route runner, especially in short and medium routes
  • Is a very big receiver, at 6’2″ and 215 lbs, and has exquisite knowledge of how to use his size
  • Due to size and strong cuts, is a strong redzone target
  • Strong runner after the catch

Cons:

  • Has penchance for big catches, but drops too many easy balls
  • Doesn’t have elite speed (4.54 40 at the Combine), but good enough (4.43 40 at Pro Day)
  • Occasionally runs too high in routes, will need better hip fluidity at next level
  • Has had injury problems

Health Check by Nick Toon

Toon’s injury history includes turf toe and a chronic left foot issue.  The turf toe led to 3 missed games during the 2010 season, but seems to have healed. The left foot issue is more troublesome.  That injury is said to have been an emotional tension fracture (a stress fracture), which resulted in offseason surgery (March 2011).

Toon was kept out of spring practice in 2011, played in all but one game during the season, and seemed to have come through the season ready to go.  Unfortunately, the injuryresurfaced while he was training for the Combine, but he claims to “feel great” now and was able to participate in the Combine after all.

While Toon is an enticing option in terms of physical size, I would be wary of a wide receiver who has had chronic foot issues.

How He Fits With the Colts

Toon has the tools to be an excellent possession receiver, as well as a fantastic redzone target. Unfortunately, the Colts don’t need a possession receiver. Eventually, they will need a replacement for Reggie Wayne, but their currently missing piece in the receivers is a fast, field-stretching type of receiver, of which Nick Toon is a poor imitation of. 

Toon has great awareness of his size, and knows how to use it, something that the Colts have sorely missed in their receivers. Nevertheless, the Colts may want to try to maximize their pick by finding a deep threat receiver, especially with Toon’s questionable hands and injury history. 

Statistics:

Season Games Receptions Yards Touchdowns
2008 12 17 257 1
2009 9 54 805 4
2010 13 36 459 3
2011 14 64 926 10
Totals 48 171 2447 18

Combine Results:

40-yard dash: 4.54 seconds- Tied for 20th among WRs (4.43 seconds at Pro Day, would have been 11th among WRs)

Bench Press: 18 repetitions- 11th among WRs

Vertical Jump: 37.5 inches- 12th among WRs (39″ at Pro Day, would be 6th among WRs, 9th overall)

Broad Jump*: 10′ 10″ (*At Pro Day, would have been 2nd among WRs, 6th overall)

Kyle J. Rodriguez

About Kyle J. Rodriguez

A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.

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