Shortly after the New York Giants traded down in the 2021 NFL draft and subsequently selected Florida wide receiver Kadarius Toney, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer admitted missing out on Toney broke his heart.
On Thursday, Urban Meyer said on the ESPN Draft broadcast that a player was taken before their selection at 25 that “broke our heart” to not be able to pick.
Today, he revealed that player was new Giants WR Kadarius Toney. Such a dynamic player.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 1, 2021
“I’ve gotten to know him over the last couple weeks and obviously my connection with [Gators] coach [Dan] Mullen and those guys,” Meyer told ESPN. “You watch [Toney] play, he’s a human highlight reel.”
As it turns out, Meyer and the Jaguars weren’t alone.
Bob McGinn of The Athletic reports that in addition to the Jaguars, the Green Bay Packers also had their “fingers crossed” that Toney would fall to them at No. 29 overall.
This year, Gutekunst resisted the temptation to trade up for Florida wide receiver Kadarius Toney, a player the Packers were extremely high on. He went No. 20 to the Giants.
The Packers had their fingers crossed that Toney might fall to them because there was a passel of other slot receivers with similar ratings. The Giants ended that plan by taking the explosive wide receiver.
So much for any notion that the Giants “reached” for Toney. There were several teams waiting in the wings and there was no chance the Florida wideout was sliding all the way to No. 42.
The trade down and selection of Toney looked good for the Giants in real time, but with each admission of desire, general manager Dave Gettleman & Co. come away looking even better.