Pro Football Focus has high praise for Kadarius Toney
The Giants received high grades from experts following their draft haul of players and future draft picks.
Nearly one month after the draft, the praise continues to flow in.
Pro Football Focus named first-round pick Kadarius Toney the best wide receiver after the catch in the entire 2021 draft class.
Toney put together an impressive senior campaign at Florida last year. The 6-foot receiver played in 11 games and reeled in 70 passes for 984 yards and 10 touchdowns. In addition, Toney carried the ball 19 times for 161 yards (8.5 avg.) and one touchdown.
The former Gator also made his presence felt on special teams in 2020, returning seven kickoffs for 155 yards (22.1 avg.) and 11 punts for 139 yards (12.9 avg.) and one touchdown.
The Giants bolstered their receiving corps this offseason, adding Toney, Kenny Golladay, John Ross and Kyle Rudolph to a group that already consisted of Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, Evan Engram and more.
New episode of 'Giants Life' presented by Van Heusen takes you inside the draft process
The Giants began building a strong foundation in 2020, but how do they take it to the next level in 2021?
That question drives the new season of "Giants Life: The Next Step", which premiered last month on the New York Giants' YouTube Channel, Giants.com, Giants Official Mobile App, and GiantsTV App. Episode 2, presented by Van Heusen, dropped Thursday.
After the premiere took viewers behind the scenes of the Giants' aggressive approach to free agency, the second episode goes inside the 2021 NFL Draft. In addition to selecting six players, the Giants made multiple trades to stockpile picks for next year.
The Giants' production team documented every step, from the drama of the draft room to first-round pick Kadarius Toney’s first 24 hours upon landing in the area. The episode culminates with the newest members of Big Blue receiving their jersey numbers and taking the field for the first time at rookie minicamp.
What you'll see in Episode 2 of "Giants Life: The Next Step" presented by Van Heusen:
- Maximizing all six draft selections - "Can't waste a shot"
- Draft calls with all six selections, seen and heard from both ends
- Ride along with first-round pick Kadarius Toney in his first 24 hours as a Giant
- Interviews with General Manager Dave Gettleman, Head Coach Joe Judge, first-round pick Kadarius Toney, last year's first-round pick Andrew Thomas
- Andrew Thomas on second-round pick Azeez Ojulari, who was his college roommate at Georgia
- Draft class takes the field for first time together at rookie minicamp
Provided below are select quotes from Episode 2:
"When you go into the draft with six spots, sometimes you hear the approach from certain people that if you don't have that many picks, you must not have to worry about the entire draft. To me, it's the opposite. It's like going hunting with one arrow; you can't waste a shot." – Head Coach Joe Judge
"Most of the time the first offer that they make you is not going to be where you end up, obviously. You negotiate. It's about their needs and what we're looking for in value. … We had a strong belief [the Bears] were going up for a quarterback, and that creates a little more sense of urgency. For us to drop back nine spots in the first round, it was a very fair deal." – GM Dave Gettleman on trading back in the first round, which brought extra first- and fourth-round picks to the Giants in 2022
"This is a dream come true. I always wanted to come [to New York], so it's like a two-for-one, two birds with one stone. I'm really just overwhelmed right now, ain't going to lie. It's still surreal." – WR Kadarius Toney on the drive to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center upon landing in the area
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