Hofstra alum Colston was taken in the seventh round (252nd pick) of the 2006 draft with little fanfare.
Toon, son of former Pro Bowl Jets WR Al Toon, was selected in the fourth round (122nd pick) of this year’s draft after a high-profile career at Wisconsin.
Since being drafted, Colston has established himself as one of the most productive wide receivers in franchise history. He is currently ranked third in club record books with 449 receptions and 6,240 receiving yards and tied for second with 48 touchdown receptions, marking the sixth-highest receiving touchdown total in the NFL since 2006.
Despite their different arrivals in New Orleans and Colston’s lofty career numbers, Toon (6-4, 218 pounds) has drawn comparisons to Colston (6-4, 225 pounds) due to their similar size and style of play.
“Toon’s range and hands remind me more of Colston,” said Saints OC Pete Carmichael after the team drafted him. “He runs better than I think people give him credit for.”
Toon isn’t ready to accept any comparisons to the veteran Saints wideout but said Colston and the other Saints wide receivers have been very helpful in the start to his pro career.
“The (veteran wide receivers) have helped me quite a bit,” said Toon. “You watch the vets that have been here for a while and you learn from them. Obviously, we have a couple of great receiving coaches as well. You listen to them in the film room and learn from their coaching points on the field.”
Toon hopes to fill the void of WR Robert Meachem’s departure, who signed with the San Diego Chargers in the offseason.
After just a few weeks of working with the rookie wide receiver, Colston believes Toon is showing potential to fill the void left by Meachem and could become another valuable weapon in the Saints powerful offense.
“He has been great and is picking things up pretty quickly,” said Colston. “He is going to be a contributor for us. He is very intelligent and smooth. He just gets it. I enjoy working with him.”
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