Eagles Take Stanford LB in Round 7
The Eagles continued to add to their defense in the later rounds of the draft on Saturday by selecting Stanford linebacker Casey Toohill with the No. 233 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
"Very productive player, surprised at how well he ran, what he did best is run against tight ends. Just need to find the right fit and get a lit bit stronger," said NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah.
In 46 career games, recorded 132 total tackles, 23 TFLs, 14.5 sacks, four PBUs, one INT, one FF and one FR.
After struggling with injuries throughout his college career, Toohil registered 11.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and eight sacks as a first-year starter in 2019.
"I think you're going to get an athletic, versatile player that will give it his all every play," Toohill said during a conference call on Saturday. "I want to just come in, work hard, and be relentless."
He stood out at the NFL combine, running the 40 in 4.62 seconds and recorded a 39-inch vertical.
He has some connection with some current members of the Eagles roster, who also played their college football at Stanford.
"Absolutely. I think one of the things about Stanford that's so unique is just that brotherhood that's just like nowhere else," Toohil explained.
"So just to have those people that – J.J. and Nate, I played with – J.J. was in my class, one of my good friends. So, I'm excited to see him again and excited to learn from Zach."
"So just kind of having that foundation built in for when I get there is definitely very comforting."
He's likely to have a role on special teams, but he expects to be rushed more as a defensive end than a linebacker.
"I think I'm really going to do what I'm told," Toohil stressed. "I just want to contribute in any way possible. I think I expect to play more end than I would linebacker. But come in, learn from the older guys, play special teams, contribute in any way I can is really the only thing I'm concerned about."
"He's a high-motor defensive end," explained Vice President of Player Personnel Andy Weidl. "And the thing that jumps off is his effort on tape. His ability in the pass rush, to win, to get home, and in the run game, his pursuit to the ball and his effort. Just a high-motor guy. Plays with Eagle wiring and Eagle mentality. Great kid, too."
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