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finforlife
04-30-2006, 11:53 AM
I work as a sports writer for a weekly newspaper near Omaha and Joe Toledo went to school in Ralston, a suburb of Omaha, until his junior year.

As a story for the Ralston newspaper, I was able to visit with Toledo a couple of weeks ago. He moved to California with his family and wound up at Washington.

He talked about the combines and said Nick Saban and Art Shell were the two coaches who showed the most interest in him. Was very impressed with Saban. He started as a tight end before Keith Gilberton, UW's coach at the time, encouraged him to move to TE before his senior year to increase his draft stock.

Big kid who had some back problems early in his college career, but checked out fine physically. Also scored a 34 on his Wonderlic, so he's a very sharp kid.

REAL DEAL
04-30-2006, 11:55 AM
A 34 ! WOW he is smart!

TotoreMexico
04-30-2006, 11:56 AM
Good info, thanks

finforlife
04-30-2006, 11:59 AM
Here's a copy of the story I wrote.

Toledo looks at the NFL
By: Eric Taylor
04/17/2006
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Joe Toledo is about to find out if changing positions will improve his chances of making it in the NFL.
The University of Washington senior and former Ralston standout is hoping to hear his name called during the NFL Draft April 29-30 in New York.

Toledo, who moved from Ralston to California after his sophomore year, is rated as the 16th best offensive tackle prospect by both the Sporting News Draft Publication and Scout.com. Online mock drafts have Toledo being taken anywhere from the third through the seventh round.

"I have a good feeling I will get drafted, but the whole process is a crapshoot," Toledo said in a phone interview near his home north of San Diego. "You have guys that were supposed to be second-round picks and end up going in the fifth round and guys who were supposed to be late picks that go in the second."

Under the advice of former UW coach Keith Gilbertson, Toledo decided to make the switch from tight end to tackle prior to his senior season.

"Coach Gilbertson kind of put the idea in my ear after my junior season and convinced me that I would improve my NFL stock if I made the switch," he said.

"I think it helps that I can play a variety of positions and there are several NFL teams that will use a tackle as their third tight end."

At 6-5 and pushing 320 pounds, Toledo has both the frame and the footwork to excel at tackle at the next level.

"I think they want me as a tackle, but I'd be willing to move inside (to guard) if that's what they needed," he said. "Teams are always looking for versatility from their lineman."

Since graduating in December, Toledo has been working out near his parents' home and has been going through the pre-draft process at both the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and Washington's Pro Day workout.

"The Combine gets pretty crazy, but it's a great experience," he said. "You get to meet some of the best players in the country and I got a chance to sit down with coaches like Nick Saban (Miami Dolphins) and Art Shell (Oakland Raiders).

"You go through a pretty rigorous medical exam as well. They all take turns pulling on you and poking at you and they have every possible X-ray or MRI you've ever had."

With Texas quarterback Vince Young garnering so much attention with his low Wonderlic score (16 out of a possible 50); Toledo is on the opposite end of the spectrum as his score of 34 was in the top 10 percent among lineman at the Combine.

The Wonderlic is an intelligence test given to every player who attends the Combine.

Toledo, who was roommates at Washington with former Bellevue East standout and current Husky punter Sean Douglas, has no preference where the NFL road leads him, he's just looking for an opportunity.

"I'm used to moving around a lot, so that's not an issue," he said. "It doesn't matter to me where I end up, I just want the chance to make a team somewhere."

Finsfan79
04-30-2006, 12:06 PM
34 ? That is 5 and a half times smarter then Vince Young :)

good article dude, you are a wonderful writer.

I think he is a good risk/reward pick that wouldnt of been there in the 7th which is why they went with him.

finforlife
04-30-2006, 12:07 PM
34 ? That is 5 and a half times smarter then Vince Young :)

good article dude, you are a wonderful writer.

I think he is a good risk/reward pick that wouldnt of been there in the 7th which is why they went with him.

thanks, can I forward that to my boss:D

PSU Cane
04-30-2006, 12:11 PM
didn't Manny Lawson score in the 40's?

HysterikiLL
04-30-2006, 12:16 PM
From Jonathan Scott's bio:


"six-time member of UT's Athletics Director's Academic Honor Roll "


Screw a 34.

MiamiDolphins34
04-30-2006, 12:25 PM
From Jonathan Scott's bio:


"six-time member of UT's Athletics Director's Academic Honor Roll "


Screw a 34.

Was Scott drafted yet?I dont think hell fall to the 7th:fire: ugh

Muck
04-30-2006, 12:49 PM
Great info. Thanks for sharing that.

Muck
04-30-2006, 12:57 PM
From Jonathan Scott's bio:


"six-time member of UT's Athletics Director's Academic Honor Roll "


Screw a 34.

And yet there he sits, undrafted into the 5th round. Tackle after tackle going before him. The Dolphins aren't the only team not high on him. I've seen 5th round grades on him in the last few weeks (in doing research looking into why he dropped yesterday).