The New Orleans Saints are in a transition phase after Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees announced his retirement this offseason. The move sparked the franchise to extend Jameis Winston as their starting quarterback for the 2021 season, and head coach Sean Payton will obviously sprinkle in Taysom Hill wherever he feels necessary.
Outside of Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara, the Saints’ playmakers are all average at best and could benefit from a new weapon surrounding Winston in his first season at the helm. If available at pick #28, I have the Saints adding to their wide receiver corps by selecting Kadarius Toney out of the University of Florida.
Meet The Prospect
Arguably the most explosive player in all of college football last season, Kadarius Toney is one of the most intriguing prospects heading into this week’s NFL Draft. Toney possesses elite speed, great hands, an aggressive and physical playstyle for his size, and he never gives up on a play.
My NFL comp for Toney is a fellow former Florida Gator in Percy Harvin, but in all honesty, I believe Toney will have a more productive career in the NFL. To back up my claim, my friends from the four-letter network put together this graphic that goes to show Kadarius Toney is the real deal, evidenced by the test numbers from his pro day combined with the production throughout his phenomenal senior season.
The Florida Gators may have missed out on the College Football Playoff last season, but that didn’t stop Kadarius Toney from putting together his best statistical season in Gainesville. He logged 70 catches, 984 yards, ten touchdowns, and an impressive 13.3 YPC.
Toney’s athletic ability is what really separates him from the pack. In addition to his receiving prowess, he has the ability to run the end-around and return punts or kicks. His footwork, juke package, and open-field moves almost always added extra yards to every catch, and he is a threat to go the distance anytime he gets his hands on the ball.
Placing Toney in an offense with Jameis Winston (who has shown he can execute the deep ball), Michael Thomas, and Alvin Kamara will result in matchup problems for nearly every defense across the league. Add in Sean Payton’s love for gadget players who can execute in several specialty areas, and Toney would be an excellent fit in New Orleans.
Kadarius Toney would be an absolute steal at pick #28. Considering all the aforementioned factors, this would be an ideal situation for the Florida product. He would have the chance to play for an instant contender and presumably take on a big role in his first season.
Toney’s playmaking ability is second to none in the 2021 wide receiver class. While that may be a bold statement considering the other talented names, I stand behind it. Keep in mind that Toney played in the widely-regarded best conference in college football and flourished thanks to consistent production and highlight-reel plays. I expect much of the same from him at the next level, especially if he is selected by the New Orleans Saints.
Seeing a talent like Toney in open space at the Superdome is what Saints fans’ dreams are made of while simultaneously providing nightmare fuel for defenders trying to get him to the ground. No matter where Toney lands in this week’s NFL Draft, he will be a special player for years to come.