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UW's Toon ready to run, impress NFL scouts

Feb 25, 2012 -- 4:42pm

INDIANAPOLIS – Nick Toon’s foot is fine, and so is his confidence.

The University of Wisconsin wide receiver said Saturday that he will do all the wide receiver testing Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine after missing the Senior Bowl week practices and game with a foot injury. Toon said he had his foot examined by NFL doctors and they all passed him.

“It’s gone great. I haven’t heard anything negative,” Toon said. “I’m running tomorrow, jumping tomorrow, and I feel great about it, feel confident. I’m excited to go out there and compete.”

Toon was a popular figure in the media room at Lucas Oil Stadium Saturday. Not only is he among the top 10 projected wide receivers in the draft, but his father, Al, is a former first-round draft pick (10th overall in 1985) and was a three-time Pro Bowl receiver before his eight-year playing career with the New York Jets ended prematurely in 1992 because of concussions.

Asked about his father Saturday, Toon said his dad told him to “stay relaxed, go out and have fun” during the Combine process, and that his dad never discouraged him from playing because of the danger of concussions. Nick was only 4 years old when his father retired after what was thought to be his ninth concussion,

“Not at all. Concussions are part of the game,” the younger Toon said. “If it’s not something you don’t want to do, you don’t play the game.”

And Toon definitely wants to – and very much believes he can – play the game at the next level. Various scouting services have him pegged as a third- or fourth-round pick at this point. Listening to Toon, who played in 13 of the Badgers’ 14 games and finished his senior season with 64 receptions for 926 yards and 10 touchdowns, he’s not lacking confidence.

“I think first and foremost as a receiver, you want to have good hands. I think I have great hands. Your job as a receiver is to catch the ball, and I think I do a great job of that,” Toon told reporters gathered around his table. “The other thing is, I think I’m a complete player – polished in a lot of aspects in the game. Obviously no one’s a perfect player, but right now I don’t think I have any glaring weaknesses. I’m going to try to work and continue to improve all of the skills that are part of being a receiver and I’ll never stop trying to get better.”

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