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Redshirt junior DT Treyvon Hester could be a "leave early player" for the Toldeo Rockets, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline notes.

"If there is a leave early player presently on Toledo’s roster its Trayvon Hester in my opinion. The junior is a powerful defensive lineman who flashes play making ability. I grade him as a 5th rounder but I always leave wiggle room and could see Hester move into the third round if he improves his game while remaining dominant," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Hester should help solidify the Rockets defense line upfront along side teammate Trent Voss this season. The Toledo prospect was recently named to Phil Steele's preseason second-team All-MAC football team.
Jun 22 - 3:57 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes that the "potential" is there for Toledo redshirt senior WR Alonzo Russell to "move up draft boards."

"He entered his junior season with third round grades on my board and I was told Toledo coaches considered him a "leave early" player. But a disappointing season in 2014, in part due to injury, halted any thought of an early exit to the NFL. Russell can play and he’s got sneaky speed so the potential is there for a move up draft boards," Pauline wrote. The Toledo prospect Russell runs a 4.58 forty and with added bulk to his frame, Russell could be a threat in the red-zone. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Russell has recorded 2,451 receiving yards with 19 touchdowns over the last three years.
Jun 22 - 3:42 PM

Toledo junior RB Kareem Hunt "deserves a lot more love," argues Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

Hard to disagree. Hunt, largely unrecognized to this point by the media, ran 205 times for 1,631 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore last year, averaging 7.96 yards per carry. Here's the crazy part: A midseason ankle injury limited him to 10 games (he rushed for over 100 yards in every game that he did play). "The 5-foot-11, 215-pounder has an elusive and explosive skill set that makes him a threat for a big play on every touch, although he's going to have to adjust to an entirely new offensive line," Brown wrote.
Jun 9 - 10:27 PM

Toledo redshirt senior QB Phillip Ely missed the school's spring game while still recovering from a torn ACL.

Ely missed the majority of action last year after suffering the injury in September following his transfer from Alabama. Ely also had minor surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. All indications point to Ely being healthy enough to open the 2015 season as the starter.
Jun 9 - 11:07 AM

Texans signed Toledo C Greg Mancz.

Mancz (6'5/301) made 48 starts for the Rockets, moving from left guard to center as a senior and earning first-team All-MAC honors. Mancz tore a labrum in his shoulder during East-West Shrine practices and was unable to work out before the draft. A technically sound blocker with experience all over the line, Mancz has a chance to develop into a useful "swing" reserve or low-end starter once he gets healthy. He may redshirt his rookie year.
May 3 - 5:45 PM

Toledo G/C Greg Mancz (labrum) met with teams at the school's pro day, but is still unable to work out, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

In January, Mancz underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum suffered during Shrine Game practices. "Mancz will be limited during OTAs, but is expected back to full health by the time camp opens up," Pauline passed along. Mancz draws a wide variety of opinions from the scouting community. While CBS Sports sees him as merely Round 7 fodder, ESPN's Mel Kiper believes he'll be a long-time starter available on Day 3, and Pauline previously tabbed Mancz a potential top 110 pick. All those predictions were made pre-injury, however.
Mar 16 - 9:55 PM

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, Toledo OLB Junior Sylvestre has met with the Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers.

The Eagles dispatched their LB coach to Sylvestre's pro day workout. At the event, Sylvestre, he hoisted 26 reps on the bench and ran a 4.5 forty. Some stopwatches had him under 4.50. Sylvestre is a thumper graded by CBS as a seventh-round pick. Pauline says he'll be in a camp one way or another.
Mar 16 - 8:41 PM

Toledo OLB Junior Sylvestre was snubbed from the combine, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Although he's smallish for the position and played in the MAC, Sylvestre is a terrific athlete with speed that will test off the charts," Brugler wrote. "However, he won't get a chance to show off his wheels in Indy and will have to wait until his pro day." Sylvestre is a thumper graded by CBS as a seventh-round pick. The 6-foot, 220-pounder has shown "versatility rushing the passer, dropping in coverage and simply being an all-around force, recognizing what the offense wants to do and putting himself in position to make a stop," Brugler previously wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 8 - 9:06 PM

Toledo senior OLB Junior Sylvestre will play in Saturday's College Gridiron Showcase.

Sylvestre is a thumper graded by CBS as a seventh-round pick. The 6-foot, 220-pounder has shown "versatility rushing the passer, dropping in coverage and simply being an all-around force, recognizing what the offense wants to do and putting himself in position to make a stop," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 31 - 1:57 PM

Toledo G/C Greg Mancz (labrum) won't be able to participate in the combine, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Mancz underwent surgery last week to repair a torn labrum suffered during Shrine Game practices. "While he won’t be able to participate in the combine, the timing of the surgery means the Toledo senior will be on target for full recovery by training camp this year," Pauline wrote. "The play occurred during Tuesday’s practice and it was immediately evident Mancz had suffered some type of injury."
Jan 27 - 12:39 AM

Toledo G/C Greg Mancz underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum, which he suffered during East West Shrine practices.

Many expected Mancz to look like one of the best offensive linemen at the event, but his performance was sub-par. Now there is a bit of reasoning. Mancz is a versatile interior blocker who will likely be picked on the third day.
Jan 22 - 9:42 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein reports that Toledo senior OG/OC Greg Mancz disappointed evaluators at East-West Shrine Game practices.

"Upon arrival at practice Tuesday, one of the players who was getting good reviews headed into the week was Mancz, but not all of the comments were positive by the end of the week," wrote Zierlein. Mancz draws a wide variety of opinions from the scouting community. While CBS Sports sees him as merely Round 7 fodder, ESPN's Mel Kiper believes he'll be a long-time starter available on Day 3, and TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline tabs Mancz a potential top 110 pick. "He was named the Mid-American Conference's most valuable player and shows an advanced understanding of angles and technique," Zierlein wrote. "But he didn't handle power and bull-rushers as well as expected. While one-on-one drills and practices on sloppy fields are hardly the true indicators of an offensive lineman, Mancz might have opened a little bit of doubt in some evaluators' mind and a need to go back and check the tape a little more closely against the best power players he faced."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 17 - 12:53 PM

Toledo senior OG/OC Greg Mancz "has the athletic and mental make-up to survive at the NFL level," notes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He needs some technique work, but has natural movement traits and the recognition skills to rarely be surprised by much," Brugler wrote. Mancz draws a wide variety of opinions from the scouting community. While CBS Sports sees him as merely Round 7 fodder, ESPN's Mel Kiper is a big fan: "You get versatility and experience. He has started every game since he arrived on campus and can play guard or tackle as well (he's now at center). I just love his ability to get to the second level, pull and block in space." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline sides with Kiper, calling Mancz a potential top 110 pick. Mancz will play in this month's East-West Shrine Game.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 4:57 PM

Toledo senior OG/OC Greg Mancz accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Mancz draws a wide variety of opinions from the scouting community. While CBS Sports sees him as merely Round 7 fodder, ESPN's Mel Kiper is a big fan: "You get versatility and experience. He has started every game since he arrived on campus and can play guard or tackle as well (he's now at center). I just love his ability to get to the second level, pull and block in space. On Saturday, he was his usual self, and while he got knocked off the ball pretty bad one time in my charting, he was otherwise solid in a big win. He's a future Day 3 pick, a possible starter but extremely useful as a swingman who can step in at any position if someone goes down." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline sides with Kiper, calling Mancz a potential top 110 pick.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 04:53:00 PM

Toledo redshirt junior WR Alonzo Russell caught two balls for 93 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 52-16 win over Eastern Michigan.

Russell, who had a 59-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter, is a "long, sure-handed receiver with deceptive speed," TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote earlier this season. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder runs a 4.58 forty, and was graded by Pauline as a preseason Round 4 prospect.
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