May 16, 2021

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Tommy Togiai shares the excitement of staying in Ohio with Browns


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The Cleveland Browns drafted defensive tackle Tommy Togiai in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Togiai, 21, was born in Idaho but considers Ohio his second home after spending the past three seasons at Ohio State University.

Togiai has played 22 career games, starting with just 7 of them, at Ohio State and recorded 27 solo tackles and 1 forced fumble.

When asked what he thought about staying in Ohio, Togiai said:

“I love Ohio and I am just so excited to come back to Ohio and get to work.

Togiai made the big decision to declare himself for the NFL Draft

Some thought Togiai would play his senior season at Ohio State in 2021, but Togiai opted to declare himself for the 2021 NFL Draft instead.

Togiai said:

“I was betting on myself, and it really worked out for the best.”

Tony Pauline from Pro Football Network proposed this analysis project on Togiai.

“Togiai elevated his game last season and was the force opponents had to reckon with at every snap in the middle of the Ohio State line. He comes with average height and limited growth potential, but would be a good addition as a defensive tackle in a four-line.

High goals

As the 132nd overall pick, Togiai is determined to make the most of the opportunity with the Browns.

He’s from the same high school (Highland High School in Pocatello, Idaho) as New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill, so there is an NFL lineage in his hometown.

Many believe his performance at OSU’s Pro Day caught the Browns’ attention.

The Togiai 6’2 ″ 300 pounds benched 225 pounds 40 times.

Dan Saganey, director of player personnel for the Browns, spoke about Togiai’s achievement.

He said:

“I was there to see him getting ready to light it. It’s cool to see someone take a test out of the water.

Welcome to Ohio and the city of Cleveland, Tommy Togiai!