With the 132nd pick in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected defensive tackle Tommy Togiai from Ohio State.
The 6-foot-1 and 296-pound Togiai was a one-year starter for the Buckeyes.
Welcome to Cleveland, Tommy Togiai!#BrownsDraft pic.twitter.com/2U2c4QYJpI— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) May 1, 2021
Here is a scouting report from The Athletic’s Dane Brugler, who had Togiai as the 8th-ranked defensive tackle on his board:
A one-year starter at Ohio State, Togiai played the one-technique position in defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs’ four-man front, lining up primarily over the A-gap. He was one of the prizes of the 2018 recruiting class and after two seasons coming off the bench, he became a starter in 2020 and emerged as arguably the Buckeyes’ most valuable player on defense. Togiai is a bully in the trenches and has outstanding strength and flexibility through his hips to anchor, shed and make plays at the line of scrimmage. He takes the “hard work always beats talent” mantra to heart, never taking plays off and competing with relentless effort. Overall, Togiai needs to develop his handwork and timing as a pass rusher, but he boasts developed power, physical hands and budding instincts. He projects as a stout run defender with pass rush upside.
Browns 4th-round pick Tommy Togiai put up 40 reps on the bench press— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) May 1, 2021
How He Fits the Browns
The Browns definitely need depth at the defensive tackle position behind projected starters Malik Jackson and Andrew Billings. Sheldon Day and Jordan Elliott are the only other players currently on the roster at the position, so Togiai would appear to have an opportunity to show he is worthy of a roster spot.
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