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    Undrafted rookie sleeper alert: Keith Toston ..

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    When NFL-caliber talent goes undrafted, it's typically due to an injury or off-the-field issue. Sometimes, though, "one-year wonder" concerns can adversely impact draft stock when a player has not compiled a lengthy track record of success. The one-year wonder concern is especially emphasized when the player performs at an average to below average level during pre-draft workouts.

    Former Oklahoma State running back Keith Toston did not enter the 2009 college season as a starter, and with no more than 106 carries in any of his first three years was hardly on the radar for NFL scouts. Persistent knee and ankle injuries to star tailback Kendall Hunter vaulted Toston onto the Cowboys' first team, however, and the fifth-year senior capitalized with a Big 12-best 5.4 yards-per-carry average and 1,218 rushing yards, good for second most in the conference.

    Toston also caught 25 passes. The 9-4 Cowboys went 1-3 in games that Toston received 10 or fewer carries. Toston accumulated 140 or more total yards in five of Oklahoma State's final eight regular season games. The lone constant for a Cowboys offense that played all but three games without star wideout Dez Bryant, Toston earned first-team All-Big 12 accolades.

    Toston went undrafted in April after running a 4.7 forty at February's Scouting Combine, and following it up with times of 4.6 and 4.62 at the Cowboys' March 10 Pro Day -- a workout that was likely not as populated by NFL officials as it would've been had top OSU prospects Russell Okung, Perrish Cox, and Bryant taken part. Cox was barred from the Pro Day after being suspended for the Cotton Bowl, Bryant was injured, and Okung stood on most of his Combine numbers.

    Not prone to negative plays as a north-south runner, Toston lost just 12 combined yards on his 227 carries last season. He catches the ball well downfield, displays plenty of "game speed," and exhibits physicality between the tackles. Toston is well built at 6-foot, 213, and runs at enough of an angle that he's not subject to devastating hits.

    Toston landed with the Rams as a priority free agent. He'll compete with underwhelming holdovers Kenneth Darby and Chris Ogbonnaya to be Steven Jackson's primary backup. Jackson is coming off back surgery and has played just one 16-game season in his career. Toston is a good bet to make St. Louis' 53-man roster, and perhaps even start games if Jackson continues to suffer injuries.


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    Re: Undrafted rookie sleeper alert: Keith Toston ..

    He does seem to have good on-field vision. Book says physical, but NFL defenders love to unload to knock the ball loose. I wish this kid all the best though, anything he does to improve the battle for back-up RB is going to help.
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    Re: Undrafted rookie sleeper alert: Keith Toston ..

    Tostons gonna toastem them year lol. Well hopefully he adds to our 1 man show.

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    Re: Undrafted rookie sleeper alert: Keith Toston ..

    RB is one of the position where undrafted guy can succeed, it was proven with guy like Priest Holmes, Willie Parker, Dominique Rhodes, Pierre Thomas... If he can contribute and be a solid back up that's all we need.
    He is not flashy but seems like a complete back. We will see when preseason start.
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    Re: Undrafted rookie sleeper alert: Keith Toston ..


    Not prone to negative plays as a north-south runner, Toston lost just 12 combined yards on his 227 carries last season.
    He catches the ball well downfield, displays plenty of "game speed," and exhibits physicality between the tackles. Toston is well built at 6-foot, 213, and runs at enough of an angle that he's not subject to devastating hits.
    This is an interesting stat to me: only 12 yards lost on 227 carries? That seems pretty darn good. I wonder how that compares with other backs drafted much earlier - say from rounds one through three? Thoughts?

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    Re: Undrafted rookie sleeper alert: Keith Toston ..

    Well, at least this brings balance potential to ''Rams back-up RB situation remains worrisome".

    All the best to this kid. As THolt said, we'll see when preseason starts.

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    Re: Undrafted rookie sleeper alert: Keith Toston ..

    I am treating him like another late round pick, no one would have gone crazy if the Rams or anyone else took a productove guy like this in the 6th or 7th. No reason why he cannot be #2, perfect opportunity

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