Should the Green Bay Packers draft Kadarius Toney?

Kadarius Toney is a 22-year-old 6’0″ 193-pound wide receiver. Born in Mobile Alabama, Toney would go on to play quarterback for Mattie T. Blount high school. There he would throw for 37 and 32 touchdowns during his two years starting. He rushed for 16 and 15 more, respectively. During his senior year, he would be named the 2016 AL.com All-Coastal Alabama team. He was a three-star prospect as a versatile athlete. Toney received offers from South Carolina, Georgia Tech, South Alabama, Alabama, and Florida. He eventually committed to the Gators.

Kadarius Toney Could Be an Option for the Packers in the First Round of the 2021 NFL Draft

Who is Kadarius Toney?

Strengths

Toney is nearly unstoppable in space. He moves and twists his body in ways that would make the best of defensive backs look foolish. With the ball in his hands, he is constantly juking and swerving to great effect to beat defenders and gain extra yards.

Toney is as versatile as a player can be outside of playing both sides of the ball. In addition to his days as a high school quarterback and lining up as both an outside and slot receiver for the Florida Gators, Toney would also take handoffs out of the backfield and return kicks for the Gators during his collegiate career.

Weaknesses

While Toney is in no way slow, his straight-line speed leaves a lot to be desired. He could be limited in what he can do on streak routes in the NFL. unless he can shave a couple of tenths of a second off of his (best) 4.69-second 40-time at least.

During his four years at Florida, Toney would only break out and shine during his senior year. He got 20 more receptions than in the previous three years combined during his final season. Toney also surpassed his yardage and touchdown total for the previous three seasons.

How would he fit the Packers?

While Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling have both shown flashes of promise during their time with the team, the Green Bay Packers have been without a true number two wide receiver to pair up with Davante Adams since Randall Cobb left them to join the Dallas Cowboys following the 2018 season. Toney could fill that role that has been a need for the Packers for the past two seasons with a player whose playstyle is similar to Cobb. Should the Packers wish to give their future hall of fame quarterback some weapons, then Toney could very well be the first Reciever drafted by the Packers in the first round since Javon Walker in 2002.

 

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Will he be available at 29th overall?

This class is full of talented wide receivers and Toney only has one year of elite production. It’s not only possible but likely that he could be available at the 29th overall pick for the Packers. While Toney may potentially be a target at pick 22 for the Tennessee Titans or pick 27 for the Baltimore Ravens, there is a strong chance of higher graded prospects at the position being available for them should they take a receiver leaving Toney for the Packers.

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