Draft Profile: Florida Gators WR Kadarius Toney
Look up electric playmaker in the NFL draft dictionary and while you’ll definitely see guys like Devonta Smith and Jamarr Chase in there, you’re also going to see Kadarius Toney, WR1 for the Florida Gators this year. Originally a dual-threat quarterback prospect, Toney didn’t do a whole lot in his 3 years prior to this one. But he broke out in a big way this year, and should be rewarded with a late first-mid second round grade. Toney is 6’0 and 193 lbs, so he doesn’t jump off the page at you as someone who screams genetic freak. But this kid will impress you in all sorts of ways with his crisp route running and ability to get the ball behind the LOS and make magic happen.
Stats, via Espn
- Electric at the line of scrimmage
- Elite route running
- Soft hands
- Ability to line up anywhere
- Low center of gravity
- Sudden change of direction ability
- Not great in contested catch situations
- Not much room to grow physically
- What is his defined position?
Toney projects to be more of a slot receiver out of the gate, given his shorter stature. This will work fine for him though, as his ability to work the middle of the field is his strong suit. Right now, Toney has been floating around as WR5, behind Smith, Chase, Bateman, and Olave, though he is closer to them than you may think. I think he could sneak into the first round if a team falls in love with his traits, and should be a second round pick regardless. He is comparable to Percy Harvin, who was similarly electric behind the LOS, and I know Gators fans out there with love that one.
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