Ohio State defensive tackle Tommy Togiai projects as a high-level run defender along the defensive interior in the NFL. Togiai offers natural leverage with his build and frame, which allows him to sit under the pads of blockers with consistency. That leverage advantage is paired with nifty hand usage and really good lateral mobility for his stature—giving Togiai a prominent presence along the line of scrimmage on both interior runs and plays that are strung out into the numbers. He’s not the longest interior defender, but he’ll still find plenty of success shucking blocks with his hand usage and feel for blocks; even falling back onto his short-area mobility to out-maneuver blockers when he’s hit with leveraged down blocks or pin and pull. Togiai’s ceiling as a pass rusher isn’t great, but he does have enough quickness to threaten gaps in single-gap penetration opportunities. Ideally, he’s an early-down defender who cedes reps to more dynamic threats and designated pass rushers at the pro level. With that said, he has the feel of a starting interior defender.
Ideal Role: Early down run-stuffer; A- and B-gap defender.
Scheme Fit: Even front nose tackle, odd front 3-4 DE in single-gap role.
Written by Kyle Crabbs