The New York Giants broke from their normal routine at the NFL Draft this year as they traded back in the first round to raise more draft capital.
General manager Dave Gettleman traded back from No. 11 overall to No. 20 and ended up with future early picks and was still able to pick a player high on the team’s board in Florida wide Kadarius Toney.
The Giants’ brass is enthusiastic about Toney’s prospects as both a Swiss army knife-type offender and a returning man on special teams. But many spectators feel that the Giants might be disappointed in Toney early in his career. That is, until he finds his niche in the giants’ offense.
For now, Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox has Toney listed as a player disappointing in 2021.
Those who expect the New York Giants’ first round to choose Kadarius Toney to be an instant difference-maker at the level of DK Metcalf or Justin Jefferson could be disappointed. The Florida product has undeniable speed, but he is extremely raw as a route runner.
“His routes may at times look like a one-on-one isolation basketball move, but he has the ability to make immediate cuts and interrupt his routes sharply. He could be a much more creative and consistent route runner at his right time, ”NFL Media’s Lance Zierlein wrote.
Toney may primarily be a gadget player early in his career, and while there is value in that, many New York fans may be disappointed that he is not an instant 1000-yard pass.
All true reviews. The Giants have a crowded wide receiving space now after signing Kenny Golladay, John Ross and Kyle Rudolph in free agency to add to a receiving corps that already includes Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, Evan Engram, Dante Pettis and running back Saquon Barkley.
Where Toney fits on day 1 is unknown. Knox could be right that the Giants would look to use Toney situationally in the beginning until they figured out where he fit best. It could take time.
Then again, it might not. Toney can score anywhere on the field. If he has an early success, it will be difficult for the Giants to deny him football. Either way, Toney is not expected to be a bust in any way, but until we see where the Giants’ offense is in terms of production and how they distribute football this year, Toney’s expected numbers cannot be predicted exactly.