With the 20th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected Florida wide receiver Kadarius Toney (6-0, 193 pounds). Here is everything you need to know about the newest member of the team:
NFL.COM SCOUTING REPORT:
- Access to early acceleration to uncover.
- Joints like rubber bands for instant change of direction.
- Has potential to run complex first- and second-level routes.
- Can run an inside-pivot whip route that is unguardable.
- Plus value in quick game and as gadget option.
- Competed through injury and made play after play against LSU.
- Over-the-shoulder ball-tracking talent.
- Makes catches outside his frame.
- Very good open-field vision for run after catch.
- Strong legs with ability to wiggle and elude or break the tackle.
- More physical than expected with ball in his hands.
- Will not half-step as a run finisher, so buckle up.
- Can step right in as punt returner.
CAREER RECAP: Finished his career with 38 games played, recording 2,641 all-purpose yards (69.5 average)… Caught 120 passes for 1,590 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 580 yards and two touchdowns in his career.
2020: Appeared and started in 11 games ... Led the team in receiving with 70 receptions, 984 yards and 10 touchdowns… Also collected 161 yards rushing and one touchdown on 19 carries… Helped Florida become the only team in the nation with three players with at least eight touchdown receptions (Kyle Pitts and Trevon Grimes) after scoring a new career-best nine receiving scores... Joined teammate Kyle Pitts (11 touchdowns) as the fifth duo in Gators history (and first since 2001) with at least nine touchdown catches apiece and the first Gators since Taylor Jacobs (Sept.21-28, 2002) with multiple touchdown catches in consecutive games (Texas A&M and Missouri)… Finished the regular season ranked ninth in the SEC with an average of 122.8 all-purpose yards per game… He is one of six SEC players with 11 total touchdowns this season and just one of three FBS players with a rushing, receiving and punt return touchdown this season (nine receiving, one rushing, one punt return vs. Kentucky)… Registered a touchdown catch in four straight games this season, joining teammate Trevon Grimes (four straight), Percy Harvin (six games from Sept. 20-Nov. 1, 2008), and Dallas Baker (five games - the final two of 2005, and first three of 2006) as the only Gators since 2002 with touchdown catches in four straight games… Became the first Gator with three 100-yard receiving games in a season since Antonio Callaway in 2015… Logged a career-high 249 all-purpose yards (182 receiving, 56 rushing, 11 punt return) against LSU… Recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game (six catches, 107 yards, TD) and a career-high 81 return yards (74 kickoff, 7 punt) at Vanderbilt to become the first Gator since Reidel Anthony (Sept. 28, 1996 against Kentucky) with 100-plus receiving yards and 75-plus return yards… Posted a career-high for receptions each of the last two games of the regular season (nine against LSU, eight at Tennessee)… Finished regular season as one of four FBS players this year with two receiving touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in a game (two receiving and one rushing touchdown at Missouri).
2019: Played in seven games and missed six due to injury… Recorded 59 rushing yards on 12 carries (4.9 avg.), caught 10 passes for 194 yards (19.4 avg.) and returned for 33 yards on special teams, finishing the season with a total of 286 all-purpose yards and one touchdown… Found the endzone during Florida's season opener against Miami on a 66-yard touchdown pass, which is the longest catch of his career… Recorded a 48-yard reception at Missouri and a 47-yard catch versus Florida State … Overall, Toney made his impact with six explosive plays throughout his junior season.
2018: Played in 12 games and saw time at wide receiver and as the team's wildcat quarterback… Finished the season with 629 all-purpose yards as he totaled 25 receptions for 260 receiving yards and one touchdown, 21 rushes for 240 yards, six kickoff returns for 133 yards, one punt return and a 20-yard touchdown pass as he completed one pass on a trick play… Overall for the season, Toney recorded 12 explosive plays between rushing, receiving, passing and returns… Led the team in receiving against Missouri (2 receptions, 72 yards) and Idaho (6 receptions, 54 yards)… Recorded his touchdown pass in the third quarter at Mississippi State when QB Feleipe Franks flared a lateral pass to Toney, for what looked like a screen pass that UF ran earlier in the game, where he squared his shoulders and feathered a perfect pass to TE Moral Stephens, who beat a pair of MSU defenders into the left corner of the end zone to give the Gators their first lead of the game… Had a career-long 51-yard kickoff return against Georgia… Notched his season-long rushing attempt of 34 yards in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against Michigan… Named Preseason Second Team All-SEC as an athlete by the league's coaches.
2017: Played in eight games as he battled a myriad of injuries throughout the season… Started two contests, one at running back (Vanderbilt) and one at wide receiver (LSU)… Split time with Dre Massey as the team's wildcat quarterback… Finished the season with 287 all-purpose yards as he totaled 14 receptions for 121 receiving yards and one touchdown, 15 rushes for 152 yards, one kickoff return for 15 yards and 50 passing yards as he completed one pass on two attempts… Recorded his only touchdown of the season at Kentucky on a career-long 36-yard run… Also in that game, Toney completed a 50-yard pass to Tyrie Cleveland… Recorded season-highs against Tennessee with four receptions and 40 yards receiving… He notched a season-long reception of 23 yards against South Carolina… Registered a season-best 52 yards on a season-best six rushes against LSU.
PRIOR TO FLORIDA:
Finished his senior season with 2,894 yards and 32 touchdowns through the air and also ran for 894 yards and 15 touchdowns… Named the 2016 Class 6A Back of the Year… Made the 2016 AL.com Super All-State team… Played in the 2016 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic… Named Offensive MVP of the 2016 AL.com All-Coastal Alabama team… Passed for 3,604 yards and 37 touchdowns and rushed for 896 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2015… Selected to the AL.com Coastal Alabama first team and Class 6A All-State second team during his junior season… Helped Blount to a 20-5 record in his last two seasons… Played for Coach Lev Holly.
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