Toler drawing interest from pro scouts, including Vikings
To the best of my knowledge, there is not nor has there ever been a NFL player from St. Paul’s (Va.). But cornerback Gregory Toler is making a bid to possibly become the first football player from there ever drafted.
According to recent reports on ProFootballTalk.com, the Vikings are among at least 14 NFL teams who have had or plan to have a private workout with the small-school cornerback.
“I’m hoping to get that chance to prove myself,” Toler said in the report. “Domonique Rodgers-Cromartie [Tennessee State] took the small-school route, and I’m looking to do the same thing. If I had gone to a bigger school, I might have gotten complacent.
“From where I’m coming from, I treasure this a lot more. I don’t complain about anything, and I just appreciate the opportunity. This is my dream.”
Toler earned first-team All-Conference honors in 2008 by leading the conference with six interceptions. He also ranked third in NCAA Division II with 19 passes defended. So he was an extremely effective pass defender, albeit at a lower level of competition.
That said, however, his measurables are not small-school at all. Listed at 5-foot-11 ¼, 184 pounds, he has reportedly clocked as fast as 4.35 in the forty and is consistently timed at under 4.5 seconds.
He intercepted 14 passes during his career at St. Paul’s.
Toler was selected to play for the West Squad in the 2009 Cactus Bowl following his senior season.
“It was opportunity for me to display my skills for NFL Scouts and to increase my chances to draft to the NFL,” stated Toler when asked about his experience at the Cactus Bowl. “I am extremely grateful to have been provided the opportunity to compete with and against the best talent the country.”
In the actual game, Toler collected an interception that he returned for a Cactus Bowl record 44 yards.
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