Tommy Togiai Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

Ohio State Dl Tommy Togiai is profiled leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft

Name: Tommy Togiai

School: Ohio St.

Year:  Jr

Position: Interior Defensive Lineman

Measurements:  6’2" & 300 lbs

 

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A 4-star recruit in high school out of Pocatello, Idaho, interior defensive lineman Tommy Togiai took some time to break out at Ohio State, but, once he did there, he became a consistent producer along their defensive front. He was second on the team in sacks and tackles for loss, and he led both categories for a down lineman. In a relatively weak interior defensive line class, Togiai has a shot at being one of the first five guys taken off the board.

In high school, it made no sense the way that opponents were trying to block him. His size and power just allowed him to throw opponents around the field even when he was double-teamed. He lived in backfields, and his motor had him chasing plays across the field with a good amount of speed once he got rolling. Those plays and his athleticism are what had him recruited by programs such as Oregon, USC, Michigan and Wisconsin before he landed with the Buckeyes.

Togiai was the Idaho Gatorade Football Player of the Year during his final season in high school, and he was a second-team All Big-Ten player during the 2020 season. His father began instilling his discipline and motor that he plays with early on in his life after seeing the impressive physical possibilities early on. After bench-pressing 225 pounds in eighth grade, it was clear those skills he was developing were going to start to pay dividends sooner rather than later. 

 

Positional Skills:

Togiai offers natural leverage thanks to his 6’2” frame, and he has powerful hands that he uses to generate separation at the point of contact. He also possesses great athleticism for his size in his ability to move laterally, and the motor he plays with gets him to plays going away from him in the running game. His footwork is strong, and he’s fine as a pass rusher, although that is a limited part of his game. 

 His pass-rushing skills are limited due to a lack of straight-line speed and unique moves in that area, but he does a great first step that can put blockers on the back foot early in the rep and blow up a play quickly. He has a lack of length that can pose issues for him against blockers that are able to keep him away with long arms, and it will be important for him to continue to develop his hand-fighting to really excel in the NFL.

Togiai is going to be a run-down specialist more than anything else at the next level. He has some ability to rush the passer, but teams are going to want him primarily for the boost that he’ll bring to them in the running game. He fits primarily as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme, or he’ll play as a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. While teams will be able to have him on the field for all three downs. He’ll largely only be out there for first and second unless he dramatically increases his pass rush moves. 

 

Fit with the Packers:

If the Packers make the roster moves that we are expecting this offseason, Togiai would be a great fit in Green Bay alongside guys like Kenny Clark and Kingsley Keke along the defensive line. His first step isn’t quite as good as Kenny’s, but he’s no slouch in that area. Most importantly, he would be a strong run defender. The team nearly had a boost in this area with Montravious Adams, but, after four seasons where he’s played all 16 games just once, it’s time to close that chapter.

There is a good chance the Packers move on from defensive lineman Dean Lowry this offseason in an effort to save money against the cap. This would put them down two of their top four linemen entering the 2020 season. Assuming they’re unable to land any significant help in free agency, they’ll need to make an investment into that position group in the draft. On Day 2, a guy like Togiai would make a lot of sense.

His high motor fits the “All gas no breaks!” attitude that this team has been operating under since the arrival of Matt LaFleur. When they’re late in a game in the middle of January, he’s going to be going just as hard in the fourth quarter as he was in the first quarter of Week 1 in September. He likely wouldn’t ever develop into a star for the team, but he could be a long-term starter with no issues. 

 

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Leatherhead's picture

February 24, 2021 at 09:23 pm

First, a suggestion for these articles: Perhaps a survey of some draft rankings to get a general idea of when these guys might get drafted.

In the quick survey I did of CBS, draftek, and a few others, this guy might be available on Day 3. I’m not sure why he’d be an improvement on any of our top 4— Clark, Lowry, Lancaster, and Keke. If we’re going to get a DL, we should get one who will take snaps away from Lancaster and Lowry. I’d rather take a better guy earlier in the draft.

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murf7777's picture

February 25, 2021 at 06:55 am

2nd the notion of when the person is expected to be drafted. I think we can get a better DL in this draft.

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Since'61's picture

February 25, 2021 at 07:36 am

If other draft sites are claiming that Togiai is a Day 3 guy why is this article claiming that he will probably be one of the first 5 players off the board?

If he’s a day 3 guy he probably can’t help us and if he’s a first 5 guy he will be long gone before we pick.

Sounds like a 2-3 year development project at best. Thanks, Since ‘61

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PatrickGB's picture

February 25, 2021 at 11:58 am

I know that it’s early and the last season of college football was spotty at best, so I understand why draft boards are all over the place. And combine that with little or no personal meetings I expect that this draft will be a real crap shoot. So, when this site lists and describes prospects I am great full for it.

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