20 Sep 2020

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Analytical Case Files: Tommy Togiai, DL, The Ohio State

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 1: Tommy Togiai #72 of the Ohio State Buckeyes defends against the Oregon State Beavers at Ohio Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Oregon State 77-31. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Welcome to a new edition of the Draft Rite ACF featuring The Ohio State University’s own DT Tommy Togiai. Come join the fun and discussion!

Ladies & Gentlemen! Fans of all ages! Welcome to a new edition of the Draft Rite Analytical Case Files aka ACF. Where we(primarily Brandon Meyers) look at some of the top NFL Draft prospects individuals stats & film then give our honest takes. In this issue we’re taking a dive into an awesome young player looking to step into a major starting role. That’s right as the headline says, The Ohio State University’s own Tommy Togiai! PS. This edition might be alittle shorter than normal(maybe) due to the limited film I could find on him.

As you guys know we always start with the basics and key notes, courtesy of the OSU Buckeyes athletics website.

  • H&W: 6’2”/300lbs
  • Class: Junior
  • Hometown: Pocatello, ID
  • High School: Highland HS
  • Played in all 14 games at DT.
  • Replacing 2 fifth year seniors at the position.
  • Was 1 of 18 true freshmen to play in the ‘18 B1G Championship and Rose Bowl Games.
  • Out of HS:
    • US Army All-American
    • First player from the state of Idaho to sign with the Buckeyes.
    • Rankings:
      • 247Sports: No. 55 Overall, No. 3 DT.
      • ESPN 300: No. 52 Overall, No. 4 DT.
      • Rivals: No. 76 Overall, No. 4 DT.

Ok now that we have all that taken care of let’s go look at the raw stats on Mr. Togiai.

Looking at these raw stats alone, we doing see a lot of flash and pizzazz like you would some other players. If you know the style of play and players Ohio State develops on defense you know that this in itself is impressive for someone who was, like we said in the notes, backing up two 5th year seniors. Those 7 solo tackles in ‘18 out of 10 total, or half of the 16 in ‘19 literally shows you this dude is a force to be reckoned with. Yes, the sack count is laking but give it time, it was only year two and look for year 3 to be a break out year for the collegiate level. These raw stats will get better.

Onto film evaluation! There’s was only one film I could find on this dynamic player and it was against Northwestern. Let me tell you that I was literally blown away by how impressive this kid is! I felt like I was watching the 2011 Baltimore Ravens DL featuring Haloti Ngata at the helm. Sheesh! And yes outside of the obvious Polynesian decent(which is awesome in itself[also correct me if I’m wrong!]), when you go and watch the film side by it’s almost like you’re watching the same player but it’s not.

Based off the one film I did get to watch there’s is very little that I could pick out that needs fixing or constructive feedback. There were some points where he did over shoot a gap and got to far up in the backfield that missed a few key tackles or even a first sack. Outside of that, Tommy has a good base stance, great footwork, exceptional speed(especially for someone on the DL), the IQ to properly read & manipulate the OL across, and so much more. This guy is going to be a killer if a 2020 for the B1G happens, and definitely the same if he plays for the Buckeyes in 2021.

Before we go ahead and wrap this up, just want to add onto the previous paragraph. If Tommy Togiai plans to opt out and declare for the 2021 Draft, I don’t see any reason why he can’t go in the mid-late first round or early in day 2 and make an immediate key impact as soon as he gets to his team. Anyways let’s go ahead and wrap this up now. We can all agree that this is a case closed on account of that Mr. Togiai is a great player overall and is a force to not be messed with!

I hope everyone enjoyed this piece! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this article please reach out to me or anyone of us in the comment section, Facebook, Twitter(@BTMeyers_ or @DraftRite) or email! Have a great night/day!

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