The Philadelphia Eagles signed LSU offensive tackle Toby Weathersby in undrafted free agency following the 2018 NFL Draft. In order to learn more about the new Eagles blocker, I reached out to SB Nation’s LSU blog: And The Valley Shook. Tigers writer Billy Gomila (@ATVS_ChefBilly) was kind enough to answer my questions.
1) Can you sum up what his college career was like?
Toby Weathersby came to LSU as a big-time recruit that then-offensive line coach Jeff Grimes kind of snatched up late in the 2015 cycle. He was able to get on the field as a true freshman at right tackle, and there was hopes he’d develop into a big-time player, but he never quite got there for a number of reasons, mostly injury related.
2) What are his strengths?
He’s a pretty stout run-blocker that can get out and control a guy with his upper body. Very powerful player.
3) What are his weaknesses?
Mostly, Weathersby struggled to stay healthy at LSU, and I think those injuries robbed him of his quickness a bit. He doesn’t have great feet, nor does he bend particularly well for pass-protection. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him maybe move inside to guard, where his strengths are a bit more accentuated and his weaknesses can be hidden.
4) Are you surprised he went undrafted?
Again, I think the injuries were a big strike. Ankles and knees, I believe, which are a pretty big problem for offensive linemen. Overall, he just never quite had the physical career he could’ve, and he definitely came out early. His family was affected by the floods in Houston in 2017, and I suspect that played into his decision to go pro after his junior season.
5) How do you see his NFL career playing out?
I’m hopeful like I am for most former players. And Weathersby always seemed like a decent kid -- never any trouble that I can recall. But if I had to guess, he’ll likely bounce around a bit on practice squads and eventually move on.
6) Anything to know about him off the field?
Again, he’s from the Houston area and his family was affected by Hurricane Harvey. He’s definitely got something to play for. Overall, he was kind of nondescript off the field, and while I don’t think that’s a bad thing for an offensive lineman, there just isn’t much I can tell you about him, unfortunately.