2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Kadarius Toneyby Gio Damico December 4, 2020 6 comments
Kadarius Toney is a human joystick. He’s one of the twitchiest players I have ever watched, and he is going to do some frightening things at the next level. The quarterback turned receiver could be an excellent return man, as well as a stud receiver for whoever takes him in the 2021 NFL Draft.
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Name: Kadarius Toney
Position: Wide Receiver
Weight: 193 LBs
So, Toney’s long speed isn’t going to blow anyone out of the water. He’s not going to run a 4.30 at the combine, but the guy can move. His movements are so twitchy that it almost puts on a facade that he is faster than he is. I think he’ll run something between a 4.45-4.5, which is nothing to scoff at.
While his hands have improved this year when he’s received more opportunities, there is still a lot to be desired with his catching ability, especially when contested. He uses his body to make the catch too much, revealing that he is not completely confident in his hands. This is a major concern because, at the NFL level, he has to use his hands, or else he will not last long in the league. Luckily for him, there are many redeeming qualities about his game.
Route Running (7/10)
While he is incredibly versatile, his route tree is not polished. Toney is very good when it comes to reverses and screens, but he struggles on deep routes. He’s exceptional when the ball is in his hands, but he needs to develop a more advanced route tree.
Contested Catch (6/10)
It seems like I’m ragging on one of my favorite prospects, so I might as well get this one out of the way. He is not Calvin Johnson. He traps the ball against his body too much, which results in it getting knocked out. As I said earlier, he doesn’t use his hands often, so in any contested situation, he struggles.
Get the ball in his hands and watch him go to work. Toney is filthy in space. I call him the contortionist because he does some crazy stuff to avoid tackles. Toney twists his body and keeps his legs churning to avoid tackles. Every time he touches the ball, it seems as though a big play is coming.
Football IQ (7.5/10)
He’s a smart football player who is versatile with the ball in his hands. Toney lacks the aspects of the game that make him a well-rounded receiver. The thing is, though, he has improved mightily. He is on his way to becoming a complete receiver, so there is a lot of untapped potential here.
He breaks a ton of tackles and fights for every single yard. Even when you think he’s wrapped up, he escapes.
In space, Toney is incredibly fluid, yet jittery, if that makes sense. His body is always moving, but his motions put the defenders on skates. He has exceptional vision to find holes in the defense and make big plays happen.
Toney does a lot in the Florida offense. The only place he lacks versatility is in the route tree. He can be used in so many different ways that expose the defense. It’s hard for any SEC defense to contain him.
Toney is certainly an athlete. You do not have to do every single thing right to be a top-tier athlete. Toney is one of the guys in college football that I would be terrified to tackle because of what he can do. He’s quick, twitchy, and very strong.
Toney has a ridiculous amount of potential with the amount of athletic ability that he has. The best part of his game is watching him break through tackles and move the ball in space. If he can become more confident with his hands and learn an advanced route tree, he’s going to be scary in the NFL.
Final Grade (83.5/100): Mid-Second Round
Pro Comparison: Percy Harvin