Giants explain why they picked Kadarius Toney in 2021 NFL Draft
The Giants made one of the greatest relocations of draft night, trading back from the No. 11 choice to the No. 20 choice with the Chicago Bears, in exchange for a 2021 fifth-rounder, 2022 first-rounder and 2022 fourth-rounder.
With that 20th choice, the Giants chose Florida WR Kadarius Toney, strengthening their restore of the offense that began this offseason with the huge finalizings of pass receivers Kenny Golladay and John Ross in addition to TE Kyle Rudolph.
After their night was over, Giants GM Dave Gettleman and head coach Joe Judge discussed their choices and what entered into eventually trading back and choosing Toney.
“We made a trade back, it was too good an opportunity and too much value, and we felt very comfortable with where our board was,” Gettleman stated over a Zoom call. “We felt comfortable with who would be there in that slot. …We’re very pleased we made the trade.
“As far as Kadarius, among the offseason objectives was to include weapons on offense and Kadarius is an excellent sized kid, he’s strong, he can run, he captures the ball well, and he’s an extremely difficult kid, and he’s got return abilities. So we were delighted that he was there for us at that area. …He was the next person up for us.”
If you look at Toney’s career at Florida, you don’t really see Top 20 potential until his fourth and final season this past year, so there might be questions as to whether or not he’s a finished product that hit his ceiling in 2020, or if there’s more heights to reach.
But Judge believes that every pick in this draft isn’t “all set” just yet, and will use their rookie seasons to really see if they are worthy of playing in the NFL.
“Every choice in this draft is a forecast,” Judge said. “There’s not a single gamer who is NFL all set, let’s not make that error. Everyone here requires advancement, and part of the examination is determining how high the ceiling is.
“We’re very excited about adding him to our team. There’s a lot of things he can do, a lot of versatility. But like every rookie coming in here, they’ve got to earn what they get and we’re going to work them in multiple positions to find their true strengths. We can’t assume that just what we saw on college tape is the best fit for.”
The relocation provides the Giants a stacked getting corps with Golladay, Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard and now Toney, to go along with Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram and Rudolph.
The secret, naturally, stays Jones, who has actually revealed flashes at points, however has actually likewise provided cause for issue too.
But Gettleman was very direct in how the team feels about Jones.
“We believe in Daniel.”
So with the roster on offense all however set, the Giants will want to profit from a remarkably competitive 2020 season and see what damage they can do in the NFC East in 2021 and beyond.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.