Isn't a real sudden or sharp route runner at this stage, tends to drift in and out of his breaks, even on vertical routes, and doesn't really generate much of a burst for himself when asked to separate. Struggles when asked to beat press coverage and quickly get into his routes. Lacks the physicality or shiftiness to cleanly disengage and too often is rerouted easily off the line.
Now, does exhibit good body control and coordination when asked to adjust to the football and go up and make a play. Possesses good size and can high point the football. However, isn't a real consistent plucker. Has lapses in concentration, lets the ball get into his body and will easily lose his confidence as a pass catcher. Does display a little shiftiness after the catch in order to make the initial defender miss, but doesn't accelerate well enough to run away from NFL-type opposition.
Impression: Possesses good size and can make plays away from his frame. However, isn't a real natural plucker, lacks ideal balance as a route runner and struggles to beat press. Looks nothing more than a guy who can fill out a low-end spot on a wide receiving corps in the NFL."
What Toliver lacks in production and consistency, however he makes up with upside. He had a good week of practice at the East-West Shrine Game, and there aren't many receivers with a better size/speed combination than Toliver. As an outside deep threat, Toliver could surprise as a mid-round pick.
Positives: Has quick hands and surprising lateral agility to gain clearance when chucked at the line of scrimmage. Smooth acceleration and surprised opponents with his deceptive straight-line speed. Has very good hand strength and wingspan with good flexibility, body control and hand-eye coordination to adjust to poorly thrown balls. Isn't afraid of contact and will fight for extra yardage. Surprisingly fluid runner capable of eluding in space.
Negatives: Doesn't always look the ball into his hands, resulting in some ugly drops. Generally catches the ball with his hands, but allows too many into his chest. Has to do a better job of tucking the ball away after the catch. Long-legged, one-speed runner who struggles to gain consistent separation from cornerbacks. Has enough straight-line speed to challenge deep, but rather than sinking his hips and creating a gap in the defense with explosive cuts, relies more on his size advantage. Was arrested March 7, 2010 on charges of interfering with a police officer, disturbing the peace and public intoxication after getting into a fight outside a bar near the LSU campus. Police reportedly had to Taser Toliver twice to subdue him."
He landed at LSU, and got right into the mix of things, as he played in nearly every single game since his freshman season, whether it was in the LSU three and four wide receiver sets, or special teams.
Toliver’s combination of height and speed is exceptional. He has a long stride and is faster than what he appears on the field. He has soft hands and has a nice ability to make plays after the catch. His speed allows him to stretch the field, and in addition to his height, he has a nice vertical leap, making him a fantastic red zone target, especially with fade routes. Toliver is a smart player and knows how to adjust to however his corner is playing him. He can be physical when he needs to be, and does a nice job locating the ball when it’s in the air.
Where Toliver struggles is getting separation. He doesn’t have a great initial burst off of the line, and his acceleration is average. It takes Toliver a few seconds to really get in gear and accelerate away from the defender. He doesn’t have very strong hands, and has seen many balls batted out of his hands. His routes are often rounded, and he tends to run them a bit sloppily.
With Toliver’s skillset, he could develop into a stud of a wide receiver at the next level. But he will really need to be coached up, and his raw ability is why he’s still a legit third round option if not higher. Toliver would be a great option for Kansas City, Atlanta, Baltimore, New England and Chicago at the end of the third round.
NFL Comparison: Roy Williams "
Positive: Tall, physical possession receiver who's flashed the ability to take over games. Uses his frame to shield away opponents, gets vertical over defenders, and grabs the ball. Adjusts to the errant throw, displays the ability to scoop up low passes, and possesses good eye/hand coordination. Shows strength running after the catch and the ability to pick up positive yardage.
Negative: Lacks deep speed and shows a minimal burst in his game. Effective when he gives effort blocking yet needs to turn up the blocking intensity. Loses focus, which results in dropped passes.
Analysis: Toliver possesses the size and skill necessary to be possession receiver at the next level. He must first develop a complete game and pay attention to the details of his position to be productive in the NFL."
Negatives: Long strider, takes him awhile to get to top speed and is better at running deep routes... Struggles with concentration and loses focus at times... Drops some easy passes, looks up field before securing the ball... Below-average route runner, slow in and out of his cuts which negates his straight line speed and allows defenders to catch up to him... A tad slow off the line of scrimmage, corners can get their hands into him... Slows down when cutting on his routes and in the open field... Not very explosive or elusive... Inconsistent performer, will have games where he looks unstoppable and others where he's a non-factor, only caught touchdowns in two games in 2010... Never performed up to his abilities, came to LSU as a blue-chip recruit and never eclipsed 800 receiving yards in a season... A bit of a one-trick pony, not a complete receiver because his running style and skill set don't allow him to run short and intermediates very well."
Weaknesses: A character ding when he was arrested for disturbing the peace and public intoxication in Spring 2010. Somehow he has not always shown up even when facing somewhat inferior competition. Not as explosive coming out of his beaks as you'd prefer. Despite all has talent he has only taken over a handful of games.
Projection: Toliver has early 2nd round talent but 6th round production and must answer to an off-the-field question, he will likely fall to the late third or early-mid 4th round."
A huge target at 6'5'' and 204 pounds, Toliver should be a red-zone machine when he gets into an NFL system at the next level. He has good 4.42 speed, although he is fastest running long routes when he can get a full head of steam going. His intermediate route-running can be inconsistent, and dropped passes are a minor concern. Still, he is dangerous with the ball in his hands and it will not be hard to get it to him on Sundays. Toliver should be off the board no later than the second round of the 2010 draft."
Terrence Toliver is absolutely unremarkable late Round fodder.
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