Photo of Manase Tonga
Grade
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  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 5'11" Height
  • 31 7/8" Arm Length
  • 245LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

Tonga is a good all-purpose collegiate fullback who provides running power on the goal line as well as in short-yardage situations and can be an adequate lead blocker. He will need a lot of work on his blocking techniques for the next level, as he tends to duck his head and lunge at blocks too often, which will cause him to whiff on too many blocks. He has nifty feet when making subtle cuts and can make people miss but has very limited lateral range when trying to bounce it to the outside. He does a lot of things pretty well but does not really stand out in any one area. There is enough talent to make you think he has a chance as a backup who can improve to a point but probably never reach the starter level.

Analysis

Strengths

Thickly built kid with a powerful lower half. Violent runner who pushes the pile and fights for the difficult yards up the middle. He is difficult to take down and will be an effective goal-line rusher. Very nimble for his size and shows the ability to make sharp cuts and transitions.

Weaknesses

Lacks the top-end speed to lead runners outside the tackle box and be a down field threat in the passing game. Puts his head down too often when blocking and has a tendency to lunge at opponents, losing power. Limited explosiveness and lateral range prevents him from consistently hitting holes and getting to the edge.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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