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Player Profile: Kadarius Toney

Kadarius Toney is one of the best after-the-catch receivers in the 2021 NFL Draft

Height: 5’11”
Weight: 190 lbs
School: Florida

Why you’re drafting him…

There’s a lot of hype surrounding Rondale Moore as the draft’s most effective after-the-catch wide receiver, but Kadarius Toney has other thoughts. Not only is Toney one of the most elusive players once the ball is in his hands, but he’s also hardly ever brought down by a single defender (even if it appears to be a sure tackle). Watch some tape of the Florida Gators offense and it won’t take you long to find out that outside of Kyle Pitts, there hasn’t been a single Gators player during Toney’s time in Gainesville that’s more dynamic with the ball in his hands. He has the rare skillset to be a legitimate threat to score on any given play and a variety of different ways (receiving, rushing, kick/punt returns). On top of being dynamic as an after-the-catch receiver, he also has reliable hands, which is an important skill to have given the fact that Toney is going to make the majority of his plays on screens, end arounds, and underneath routes rather than 9-routes and jump balls. While Toney flashed at various times throughout his career at Florida, it wasn’t until his senior year when everything came together as he caught 70 passes for 984 yards and 10 touchdowns while adding another 161 yards and a touchdown on 19 rushing attempts. While he’s not an outright burner at receiver, he has great short-area quickness and plenty of speed to succeed in the pro game. I’m not much for player comparisons, but imagine Jarvis Landry’s toughness after the catch mixed with Percy Harvin’s playmaking ability

Needs to improve…

While Toney showed more ability as a downfield receiver his final year at Florida, this is one area he’ll need to improve on the most to make it more difficult for players to defend him at the next level. He may be limited to more of a slot role in the NFL, but should be able to produce fairly early in his career with specially-designed plays and also potentially on special teams as a kick/punt returner

Prediction for 2021 NFL Draft…

Toney isn’t the do-everything receiver that you’ll find in DeVonta Smith or Ja’Marr Chase, but his natural playmaking ability is enough to warrant him coming off the board at some point in the second round. There’s a chance he could fall into the third, due to the depth at receiver in the 2021 NFL Draft, but the Browns, Bills, Packers and Saints make a lot of sense for Toney at the end of round two – if he lasts that long

Dynasty fantasy football spin…

Landing spot will matter for Toney, especially when it comes to how much fantasy success he has early in his career, but I believe he’s shown enough to solidify himself somewhere in the middle of the second round. Based on how I’m currently projecting the receivers to come off the board, I could see him being anywhere from the seventh to tenth WR selected

Check out Matt Hicks of the NFL Draft Bible on Sports Illustrated break down Kadarius Toney with the guys on the Loaded Box Podcast (Toney discussion starts at the 23:40 mark of the episode)

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