The 2021 NFL Draft is right around the corner and plenty of teams will be looking to improve on the offensive side of the ball. Florida's Kadarius Toney is one of the few wide receivers that's being projected to be taken in the first round, albeit, towards the end.
Toney spent four seasons with the Florida Gators. By the end of his tenure, he had caught 120 passes for 1,590 yards and 12 touchdowns with 10 of those scores coming in 2020 alone. Toney also ran a 4.3-second 40-yard dash at Florida's pro day, showing that he has the speed to be a productive part of most NFL teams' offense.
Keeping that in mind, here are three teams likely to draft Toney later this month.
3. Baltimore Ravens (No. 27)
It's been said a few times, but the Baltimore Ravens had one of the worst passing games in the league last season from a statistical perspective. With an emphasis on the run, the Ravens averaged 171.9 passing yards (32nd) and 1.5 touchdowns (T-21st) per game. With Marquise Brown and Sammy Watkins as their top recievers heading into the next season, the Ravens should consider drafting Toney at No. 27. As opposing teams focus on cover him and his big-play potential, the running game could open up even more.
2. Green Bay Packers (No. 29)
With Davante Adams being the only real major receiving threat in the Green Bay Packers' offense, it's not surprising to see the team being in the market for another wide receiver. Toney oozes potential and could become a big playmaker in Green Bay, especially with opposing defenses usually focusing on Adams. Plus, it's hard to imagine a better opportunity for a rookie pass-catcher than playing with Aaron Rodgers in their first season.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (No. 31)
When Sammy Watkins departed during the offseason, a hole opened up in the Kansas City Chiefs offense. The team still does have Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson to line up with Tyreek Hill, but what if they don't work out this season? Drafting Toney would give the Chiefs a safety net and another potential receiving threat if neither Hardman nor Robinson can step up into that No. 2 WR role. Plus, Patrick Mahomes has the arm strength to match Toney's speed, so the latter could become a key player early on.
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