Photo of Robert Tonyan
Grade
5.39 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'5" Height
  • 220LBS. Weight

Analysis

Strengths

Very good athlete transitioning from wideout to tight end. Stands over 6-foot-4 and ran impressive 4.58 at his pro day at 236 pounds and posted a 35-inch vertical leap. Flashes his second gear and potential to separate as a tight end on crossing routes and verticals. Can fight over the top of coverage when the door is opened. Will be able to challenge on second and third levels. Plus catch radius with some highlight-reel snares on throws over his head. Has quick, strong hands late in the catch and is able to put away throws that are right on top of him. Touchdown maker who shines on back-shoulder targets in red zone.

Weaknesses

Has just three years experience as a receiver. Route breaks need better bend. Looks like a step counter when running his routes. Scouts question whether he has body type to keep his weight up during the season. Will need to play bigger and improve at utilizing size to overwhelm defensive backs in space. Play strength is below average for the position. Effort level will have to show a great deal of improvement to block on NFL level. Needs to block with stronger hands and better sustained positioning.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6-7

Bottom Line

Tonyan is a quarterback-turned-receiver who is now transitioning to tight end. He's an impressive athlete with good initial quickness and a second gear to create separation in his routes and the ball skills and strong hands to secure challenging catches. He's not ready to block and he needs to improve his functional strength to prepare for the pounding he will get in his routes by NFL safeties. He projects as a slot tight end who could open eyes as early as this year's training camp.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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