The New York Giants surprised their fans with the decision to select Florida standout wide receiver Kadarius Toney with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Toney is a big-time playmaker and will give quarterback Daniel Jones a much-needed deep threat and playmaker in space. He will form a lethal duo with Kenny Golladay, who the Giants signed to a big-time deal in free agency.
During the 2020 college football season with the Gators, Toney racked up 70 receptions for 984 yards and 10 touchdowns. Those numbers average out to a 14.1 yards per reception.
While he may be a fast playmaker, Toney is also capable of being a slot wideout with possession receiver skills. He stands in at 6-foot-0 and a shade under 195 pounds. Toney has the potential to be something very special in the Giants’ offense.
ESPN has released their projections for the Giants’ rookie wide receiver and the numbers certainly aren’t bad at all. In fact, they are projecting a very strong season from Toney. They have him catching 57 passes for 686 yards and four touchdowns in 2021.
If he can reach that level of production, the Giants would be justified for taking a wideout in the first round. He doesn’t need to be a 1,000-yard receiver right off the bat, as that role belongs to Golladay. All the Giants need him to do is come in, produce at a consistent level, and make plays.
New York can focus on getting the football into his hands and letting him make plays with his speed. This is also a move for the Giants to go all-in with Jones as their franchise quarterback.
We have also made predictions for Kadarius Toney in his rookie season with the Giants. In our projections, we have Toney catching 65 passes for 740 yards and five touchdowns. Those numbers are a bit higher, but it’s still relatively the same ballpark.
Expect to see Toney come in and make an impact immediately with the Giants. He has the talent and skills to be a star in the future and New York should be excited about the future with him. As a rookie, he will show flashes of that big-time potential and will put together a strong year.