Samori Toure

Samori Toure

  • WR Cornhuskers
  • Senior
  • #--
  • 6'1"
  • 191lbs
  • Prospect
  • Big Ten

2021 Season

REC

46

YDS

898

TD

5

YDS/REC

19.522

Top Traits

Route Running

Route Running

Samori Toure

Toure is a good route-runner who shows an ability to separate at all three levels of the football field. A smooth and fluid athlete, Toure has no issues sinking his hips and getting in and out of breaks, which is highly impressive for a man with his length. Toure displays good use of hand and body fakes to create separation and understands how to use leverage to his advantage. Toure is better on vertical and crossing patterns where he can utilize his long stride to gain separation down the field.

Hands

Hands

Samori Toure

Toure has excellent hands, body control, and ball skills. He has strong hands to pluck the ball out of the air but he also shows soft hands to naturally bring in the ball without much resistance. For a bigger receiver, his ability to get low and scoop up the ball on low targets is highly impressive. He’s a natural receiver playing the ball in the air.

Versatility

Versatility

Samori Toure

Toure is a versatile player who shows an ability to play inside and outside. I like him best inside where his size and fluidity create natural mismatches against smaller nickel defenders. Toure is a strong route-runner from anywhere on the field and he can do just about anything you would ask of a receiver.

Prospect Summary

Nebraska’s Samori Toure is a productive receiver who looks to make the climb from FCS to FBS to the NFL. Toure is a graduate transfer who played one year at Nebraska after enjoying an outstanding career with the University of Montana. Toure put up video-game-like numbers with the Grizzlies totaling 155 receptions for 2,488 yards and 20 touchdowns in three seasons. A highlight of Toure’s career with Montana is when he broke Randy Moss’s single-game receiving record in an FCS playoff game when he put up 303 yards against Southern Louisiana. Toure is a long and lean receiver who possesses excellent length.

He primarily aligns in the slot, where he is allowed free releases and a lot of room to operate. Toure is a good athlete overall who possesses fluid hips and good foot control. He runs a full route tree, showing an ability to sink his hips and get in and out of breaks very smoothly—impressive for a man his size. He is best working down the field on deep routes where he can open his stride, create separation, and track the ball. Toure is a build-to-speed runner who lacks an explosive gear or burst. He has excellent body control, hands, and ball skills, but his slender frame doesn’t allow for much physicality at the catch point. Toure is good after the catch with agility to make defenders miss but is not a physical runner with the ball in his hands. Overall, Toure is a technically advanced receiver who has good size, ball skills, and enough vertical speed, but his lack of twitch and physicality hinders his ability to consistently win against NFL defenders.

Ideal Role: Versatile receiver who is best as a “Big Slot” but can be moved across the formation to hit favorable matchups.

Scheme Fit: Spread System or heavy 11-10 based personnel

FILM EVALUATION

Written by Brentley Weissman

Games watched: SE Louisiana (2019), Michigan (2021), Illinois (2021), Ohio State (2021)

Best Game Studied: Ohio State (2021)

Worst Game Studied: Michigan (2021)

Route Running: See Above.

Hands: See Above.

Separation: Vertically, Toure shows an ability to get behind defenses with his deceptive long speed. While he certainly isn’t an explosive athlete with back-breaking speed, he does show good build-up speed with his long stride down the field. He lacks short-area quickness and suddenness when working horizontally or working back toward the football. He is best down the field rather than in the short areas of the football field.

Release Package: Toure is moved all over the line of scrimmage in order to create favorable matchups. He primarily aligns in the slot where he is granted with free releases, so you don’t see a wide variety of moves from a release standpoint. That being said, there are times where he shows a nice stutter off the line as well as hand swipes and swim moves to get free and by the corner.

Run After the Catch: Toure is just an above average player after the catch. He isn’t an explosive mover and doesn’t make explosive cuts with the ball in his hands to make defenders miss. More slippery than sudden, Toure does do a good job to evade and elude defenders with good vision and spin moves. Not the most physical player with the ball in his hands, Toure isn’t a candidate to break many tackles.

Ball Skills: Toure has excellent ball skills. He has a large catch radius and can make himself open for his quarterback at all three levels of the field. He shows an ability to track the deep ball with ease and has very good body control to play the ball in the air. Very good awareness and control when working the sideline and making those toe-tap catches.

Football I.Q: A smart and savvy football player, Toure has very good football instincts. He shows good ability to work and understand leverage when working down his stem to uncover. He flashes very good awareness when facing zone coverage and knows when to sit down and make himself open for his quarterback. A natural technician who takes pride in his craft.

Versatility: See Above.

Competitive Toughness: Toure is a warrior on the football field who leaves it all out there every play. He never gives up early on the play and that’s whether the ball comes to him out not. He is a willing blocker, runs hard with the ball in his hands, and never quits on routes.

Big Play Ability: Toure was a big-play machine in his collegiate career. A highly-productive deep threat who routinely got behind the defenses, his ability to win down the field is highly impressive. He may lack explosiveness, quickness and vertical speed but he has excellent ball skills, hands, and length.

SCOUT GRADES

TDN Consensus: 71.50/100 (Fifth Round Value)

Crabbs Grade: 70.50/100

Harris Grade: 72.00/100

Weissman Grade: 72.00/100