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PFF scouting report: Jack Tocho, CB, NC State

By PFF Analysis Team
Apr 5, 2017
Minnesota Vikings

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 06: Defensive back Jack Tocho of North Carolina State in action during day six of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 6, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Name: Jack Tocho

School: NC State

Position fit: Cornerback

Stats to know: Allowed 10 receptions on throws into his coverage against Clemson in NC State’s sixth game of the year, and then allowed just 10 receptions over the next seven games combined.

What he does best:

  • Reacts well in off coverage, quickly making up ground to make a play on the receiver or football.
  • Targeted six times, and allowed six catches against Clemson’s Mike Williams, but generally held his own other than on the 16-yard touchdown reception he allowed, with the other five catches going for just 35 yards.
  • At 6 feet and 202 pounds, his size is more than adequate to play on the outside in the NFL.
  • Reads wide receiver screens well, bringing down receivers behind, or close to, the line of scrimmage. Allowed four receptions for a mere five yards on wide receiver screens thrown into his coverage.
  • Solid tackler, missing a tackle once every 8.1 attempted over the past three seasons.

Biggest concern:

  • Not much of a factor against the run, with below average PFF grades in that regard in each of the past two seasons.
  • 54 40-yard dash time and looks to have long speed issues. Beaten deep for a would-be 61-yard touchdown by Clemson’s Deon Cain, but pass was overthrown.
  • Prone to giving up a big play from time to time, with a completion of 30 or more yards allowed in five games last year.
  • Asked to play in off coverage regularly, which makes evaluating him a little bit tougher. Allowed 245 of his 429 receiving yards on slants, hitches out routes, and playing off as often as he did definitely contributed to that.

Bottom line: In a cornerback class as deep as this, it’s tough to see Tocho being drafted before the third day, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have value. He held his own pretty well against Clemson’s Mike Williams, who many expect to be drafted early in the first round, and showed a pretty strong skill set, especially when it came to reading and reacting to plays.

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