Shaka Toney projects as a rotational designated pass rusher at the NFL level. Toney has very good quickness and release off the snap of the football and pairs it with a try-hard attitude and motor in order to guarantee he’ll find himself in second and third effort situations as a defender. Toney has enjoyed a fruitful career at Penn State and the program’s disappointing 2020 campaign wasn’t even enough to slow his production—he entered the year as the “other” pass rusher opposite Jayson Oweh, just as he entered 2019 as the “other” pass rusher opposite Yetur Gross-Matos. But, like in 2019, Toney has outperformed his fellow rusher and provided more consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks in 2020. Toney’s challenge as an NFL prospect is a common one. If you’re able to stack some additional weight onto his frame, you may feel more comfortable with his every-down forecast. But if you do so, does it come at the expense of his dynamic quickness off the line of scrimmage and his flexibility to win around the edge? These are questions that his future NFL team will have to answer before deciding when to prioritize him in the NFL draft process. One thing is for certain either way: This dude can rush the passer.
Ideal Role: Designated pass-rush specialist.
Scheme Fit: Wide-9 defensive front.
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