Washington Redskins 2013 NFL Draft Profile: Levine Toilolo, TE, Stanford

Ezra Shaw

With Fred Davis back, the Redskins seemingly do not have a pressing need at tight end. However, if they are looking for a later round guy with a big upside, Toilolo could be a solid choice.

Measurements: 6'8", 260 lbs

Projected Round: 5-6

Why he would be a good Redskin: Coming from a pro-style offense, Levine has rare size that could be deadly in the red zone. He initially beat out current Colts’ tight end Coby Fleener in 2010 as starter at Stanford before shredding his knee in the season opener. He has stayed healthy since and is a big target who can box out defenders to make the catch. While not the fastest tight end, he often finds pockets and gets open. His blocking skills are graded out as above average by most scouts.

Why he won’t be drafted by the Redskins: He is known for having below average speed, occasionally has a hard time separating from defenders and has inconsistent hands. He can be exposed on the line, especially when bull rushed. The production he put up at Stanford was below average in the two years he played full time in 2011 and 2012, and he was overshadowed by teammate and fellow 2013 tight end prospect Zach Ertz.

Bottom Line: Between suspensions and injuries, Fred Davis has not played a full season in two years. It's safe to say the Redskins may have doubts as to whether he can. Toilolo has a blue collar work ethic and is also considered an above average zone run blocker. By all accounts, he is also fantastic in the locker room and is known for his work in the community. Even with all of the Redskins' tight ends from 2012 returning, Toilolo’s intriguing size could be helpful for a team looking for a big red zone threat.

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