Scouting The Draft: Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin

We were able to confirm yesterday that the Jets were one of the teams in attendance at the Wisconsin Pro day yesterday (although they were also one of only two teams who didn't attend Ohio States) and we have to believe that one player that holds interest for the team is wide receiver Nick Toon.

Following in the footsteps of his father and former All star Jet Al Toon, Nick has had a great career at Wisconsin. Of course with his father playing 8 seasons for the Jets, bringing in 517 catches for 6605 yards and 31 touchdowns, there is a sense of sentimentality about the prospect of his son playing for the same team as his old man.

I really like Nick Toon, but I'll just start by saying that I don't think he will ever be that 1,000+ yard, 10+ TD #1 wide receiver. I think only Blackmon, Floyd and potentially Hill have that opportunity. However I do think he is one of the safest wide receiver selections in this draft and will likely give you 8-10 years of 600-800 yards and 5-7 touchdowns a season.

There is a lot to like about Nick, he has excellent short area quickness. He uses his body well to avoid the jam off the line and gains position on the defence to make the catch. He plucks balls out of the air and he has a physicality to his game after the catch. He's not a burner by any means and won't be getting behind corners for that long play potential very often.

He does however do a real nice job of getting behind the linebackers and sitting down in front of the safeties and has often been used on the swing pass at Wisconsin.

2011: 64 catches, 926 yards, 10 touchdowns

2010: 36 catches, 459 yards, 3 touchdowns

2009: 54 catches, 805 yards, 4 touchdowns

2008: 17 catches, 257 yards, 1 touchdown.

Nick really came on in 2011 and there is still room to grow, he put in a great performance against Oregon in the Rose Bowl with 9 receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown. He was the most reliable receiver at Wisconsin in 2011. At 6'2 and 220lb's he has an excellent frame, long arms and a great attitude. He's not that big playmaker that some really want with the Jets, but if you are looking for a reliable receiver who adjusts to the football, gains separation and is extremely dangerous in the short to medium passing routes, Nick is your man.

As a Jets fan, I would love to keep the Toon family in the Jets family.


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