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Toniu Fonoti

OG | (0-0, 350) | Nebraska
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Name is pronounced "Toe-NEE-you Foe-no-tea". Is an American Samoan who lives in Hawaii. Third-year junior who opted to come out a year early. Very young, with a November 1981 birthdate, and he was playing for Nebraska before he was 18 years old. Played in every game for Nebraska as a true freshman in '99 and saw extensive action in the Fiesta Bowl. Started every game for Nebraska in 2000 and played the last three games with a cast on a broken right hand. Still won second-team All-Big 12 honors and set a school record for pancake blocks. Re-broke his right hand during the offseason but came back to start every game and to win All-Big 12 and All-America honors. Was a finalist for almost every major award an offensive lineman can win and continued to set school records for pancake blocks.

Positives: Massive widebody with tree trunks for legs. Great strength and explosion. Plays with heavy hands. Can adjust and block on the second level. Is a good athlete who can get better.

Negatives: Very young and somewhat immature. Has always dominated with ability and needs a lot of work on his technique. Does not always bend his knees and play with good leverage. Comes from an option offense and needs a lot of work on pass-protection techniques. May be a little too heavy and ran only 5.5 at the Combine.

Summary: One of the most dominating run blockers I have ever seen. Has John Hannah-Larry Allen-type power, but he also has a lot to learn about pass blocking and will need to realize he can't just rely on his natural ability on the next level. Will have to pay much greater attention to detail.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.