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Giants draft WR Kadarius Toney with No. 20 pick

Florida WR Kadarius Toney goes to the New York Giants with the No. 20 pick in the 2021 draft. Will he be a fantasy football asset to start his career?

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The New York Giants selected former Florida Gators wide receiver Kadarius Toney with the No. 20 pick overall. The Giants moved back from No. 11 and grabbed a playmaker for quarterback Daniel Jones. They are getting a player who battled through injuries during his college career but was part of an offense that exploded in his final season in 2020.

Toney missed games in the 2017 and 2019 season, but he broke out for 984 yards on 70 receptions with 10 touchdowns in 11 games last year. Additionally, he rushed for 161 yards on 19 carries with an additional score. Toney also handled some punt and kick returns in his final season.

Scouting Report

Toney is not the fastest player in this year’s wide receiver draft class, but he can create separation with quick cuts and can change direction instantly. Toney projects to be a solid contributor early on in his NFL career, but a role he could take over immediately could come in the return game on special teams. Toney was a significant contributor for just one season in college, and he will need to prove he can stay healthy for a productive career.

Fantasy football impact

Rookie

The New York Giants added Kadarius Toney with the No. 20 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. Toney is a playmaker that can be used all over the field. He makes a lot of plays with the ball in his hands and can create big plays. With Kenny Golladay, Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard in the wide receiver core, Toney’s fantasy ceiling right now is a WR3/FLEX play.

Long-term

Toney is the offensive playmaker that should help quarterback Daniel Jones take his game to another level. Toney can be used in multiple ways across various formations and will provide fantasy football managers with a ton of value. In his final season at Florida, he had a career-high 70 receptions for 984 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also added 161 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground.