Should the Giants have waited to take a receiver?
This year’s NFL Draft had one of the deepest classes when it came to the wide receiver position in recent memory, but the NY Giants still decided to take Kadarius Toney with the 20th overall pick.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network mentioned on Monday that according to research, more wide receivers taken in the second round end up making the Pro Bowl than guys taken in the first or third round.
I’m not saying that Toney wasn’t worth taking in the first round because we won’t really know for a few years, but as some people have mentioned, guys like Tyreek Hill are the main reason that teams like the Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars and Green Bay Packers were all willing to take Toney so high in the draft.
“Kadarius was a Wildcat guy. Kadarius was, ‘He’s in the game, get ready for fly sweep, or get ready for a trick play,'” the coach said, via an article from ESPN+. “He was an elite guy that way. But for a guy like that to go in the first round, I hadn’t seen that before. That’s the Tyreek Hill effect.”
A total of five receivers were taken in the first round in Toney, Ja’Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle, Devonta Smith, Rashod Bateman.
Then in the second round another five wide receivers were taken with Elijah Moore, Rondale Moore, D’wayne Eskridge, Tutu Atwell and Terrace Marshall Jr. all going off the board.
It’s going to be interesting to compare how this year’s class of receivers turn out when looking at where they were drafted. If the guys taken in the second round or later end up being more successful, I wonder if teams will stop valuing receivers so highly.
At the end of the day when it comes to the Giants using the 20th overall pick on Toney, I don’t have a problem with the move because they still got a very good pass rusher in Azeez Ojulari in round two.
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