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J.r. Tolver

SELECTED BY SAN DIEGO , ROUND 6, PICK 4, OVERALL PICK 169
WR | (6-1, 202, 4.68) | San Diego State
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Prefers to be called "J.R.," which stands for "Junior." High school quarterback and basketball player. Redshirted in 1998 while making the move to wide receiver. Played in seven games in '99 and started the last two. Started every game in 2000 and '01. Caught nine passes for 101 yards and two TDs in '99; 62-808-1 in 2000; and 63-878-2 in '01. Named All-Mountain West Conference first-team in '02, with 128 catches for 1,785 yards  both Mountain West records that rank among the top 10 single-season marks in NCAA history. Started 13 games, averaged 13.9 yards per catch and scored 13 touchdowns. Rushed six times for 50 yards and one touchdown and was 1-of-3 passing for 87 yards. Tolver and teammate Kassim Osgood set an NCAA record for combined catches in a season (236).

Positives: Very good player who runs good underneath routes. Has good football intelligence, fine character and intangibles. Has good hands and can adjust to the ball well. Tough. Plays special teams. Can block and will make tough, tough catches. Good size and body control. Reads coverages. Looks the part. Smart and very productive in some games. Has good initial get-off and quickness. Good competitor who will block. Strong and dependable and has been called the most dependable player on the team. Good ball skills and body control. Very consistent.

Negatives: Somewhat inconsistent and plays to speed. Not technically sound but achieves. Lacks second gear. Not that quick, fast or explosive. Average into and out of breaks. Much better vs. zone than tight man-on-man coverage, where he has trouble separating. Has to gear down to make sharp cuts and lacks top-end speed. Does not have much playmaking ability after the catch.

Summary: Lacks the size and deep speed to be an impact player at the next level. Likely early second-day pick who was the team's most productive player but not the college's best pro prospect at receiver.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.