Kadarius Toney was definitely going to be drafted in the first round
After the New York Giants traded down in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft from 11 to 20 to select Florida wide receiver Kadarius Toney, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer admitted that he was heart broken. The former college coach wanted to draft the play making receiver at 25.
“I’ve gotten to know him over the last couple weeks and obviously my connection with [Gators] coach [Dan] Mullen and those guys,” Meyer told ESPN. “You watch [Toney] play, he’s a human highlight reel.”
It looks like the Green Bay Packers also wanted to draft Toney by using the 29th overall pick.
Bob McGinn of The Athletic reported that the Packers had their “fingers crossed” that Toney would fall to them.
This year, Gutekunst resisted the temptation to trade up for Florida wide receiver Kadarius Toney, a player the Packers were extremely high on. He went No. 20 to the Giants.
The Packers had their fingers crossed that Toney might fall to them because there was a passel of other slot receivers with similar ratings. The Giants ended that plan by taking the explosive wide receiver.
This goes to show you that the Giants didn’t reach for Toney with two other teams ready to take him just a few picks later. The Packers are a team that usually hit on their draft picks at the receiver position so that might be a good sign for Toney’s NFL career.
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