The 2021 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Kadarius Toney 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
Kadarius Toney Background
Position: Wide Receiver
Size: 6-foot, 193 pounds
2020 stats: 70 receptions, 984 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns, 14.1 yards per catch, 161 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown
Going into the 2020 season Toney wasn’t really on the NFL Draft radar, but that has changed. After a great season, he has declared for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Toney was a three-star recruit out of Alabama who chose to leave the state to play at Florida. He received limited playing time in his first year on campus with 152 receiving yards and 120 rushing yards with one total touchdown. His role increased in his second year on campus with the Gators, when he put up 260 receiving yards and 240 rushing yards. Florida won 10 games, including the Peach Bowl that season. In 2019, he had 194 receiving yards and 59 rushing yards in seven games. The Gators went 11-2 with a win in the Orange Bowl. Toney broke out in 2020 with 984 receiving yards and 161 rushing yards with 11 touchdowns. Florida went 8-4, but finished the season off with a loss in the Cotton Bowl.
His big 2020 season really helped Toney’s draft stock. He is now projected to be a first or second round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Toney has great acceleration and agility. He is very athletic, which helps him in many areas of his game. This helps him get open, run after the catch and break big plays. This also helps him because he is a gadget player, who is productive on end arounds and jet sweeps along with returns.
He is one of the most electric players with the ball in his hands because of his quickness and change of direction. Toney sees the field well once the ball is in his hand. After that point he is very elusive. He is capable of juking, wiggling and weaving his way around defenders and producing big plays.
While he needs to refine his route-running, he is solid in this area. Toney routinely gets open and can cut in and out of his breaks sharply. His speed helps him separate vertically as well. Some more time spent playing receiver will be good for Toney as he can work on improving his releases and the crispness of his routes.
He will need to add play strength for the next level. Toney doesn’t have much tape of him beating press coverage. He also needs the strength to be able to win contested catches. This will also help him sustain blocks in the running game, as that has been an issue as well.
Toney was really a one-year wonder, as he mostly produced in 2020. He had some decently productive times before the 2020 season, but as a receiver, 2020 was his best. Toney hasn’t proven that he has fine-tuned his game as a receivers and may need some reps in the NFL before his potential is seen.
There are off-the-field issues and injuries to worry about. Toney was suspended for a game after an altercation in 2018. He also had a gun in his car, but nothing came of it. Toney has also suffered from shoulder and shin injuries throughout his career that will need to be looked into.
Projected Draft Range: First Round Pick-Second Round Pick
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