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Practices have wrapped up at the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. And while the game has yet to be played, most scouts and decision-makers have already left as they head home to share their notes and reports.
One player that really impressed at the Senior Bowl was defensive end Shaka Toney. While he is incredibly undersized, he knows how to get to the quarterback and did that well this week against the nation’s top offensive tackles.
In a recent piece by Tyler Brooke of Bleacher Report, Toney was named a possible mid-round target for the Raiders to help address their pass-rush woes. Here is what Brooke had to say about a possible pairing of the two:
“The Raiders could use Penn State’s Shaka Toney, who has shown some exciting flashes as a pass-rusher this week. He finished his college career with 20.0 sacks and four forced fumbles after racking up five sacks in eight games this past season.
Toney shoots out of his stance and times his get-off well with the snap, allowing him to get a step on offensive tackles in pass-rush situations. He has the explosiveness and flexibility to bend the edge on his way to the quarterback, which is how he generates the majority of his pass-rush wins.”
If the Raiders ignore the defensive line early in the draft, Toney would be an interesting selection anytime on Day 2 or 3. He doesn’t project as a full-time starter, but instead, he’s someone who could play on passing downs and rotate in with Clelin Ferrell and Maxx Crosby.
Keep an eye on toney during the Senior Bowl game on Saturday to see what he could potentially bring the Raiders’ defense in 2021 and beyond.