Kadarius Toney Not Available in Trades After Wan'Dale Robinson Pick, Giants GM Says

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIApril 30, 2022

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New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney is not available via trade despite Big Blue taking a similar wideout, Kentucky's Wan'Dale Robinson, with the 43rd overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft Friday.

That's per Giants general manager Joe Schoen, who spoke with reporters soon after New York selected Robinson.

Jordan Raanan @JordanRaanan

Joe Schoen noted Wan’Dale Robinson’s skillset is similar to Kadarius Toney. Doesn’t view as problem. In fact, views as bonus. <br><br>Does it mean anything about Toney’s future? No. Schoen’s says “not shopping” him. <br><br>Coach Brian Daboll adds KT “had a good week. … Good to see him.”

The Giants selected Toney with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft. He's been the subject of trade rumors recently after Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reported that the Giants were making calls and seeing what they could get for the ex-Florida star.

Those trade rumors emerged after word surfaced that Toney did not attend the beginning of the Giants' voluntary offseason program.

Toney's NFL career got off to a rocky start in New York, as Leonard noted:

"There was some internal momentum for bailing on Toney during his tumultuous rookie season a year ago. His commitment came into question behind the scenes during his rookie year due to lack of playbook study, poor meeting behavior and frequent injuries.
"The high-maintenance wideout hasn’t shown up to any of the team’s offseason program yet under first-year coach Brian Daboll, either. So the Giants are trying to move last year’s No. 20 overall pick."

However, he's still got plenty of talent, as best evidenced by a 10-catch, 189-yard outing against the Dallas Cowboys. And Schoen doesn't seem to be bothered by the fact that Toney and Robinson are similar:

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Joe Schoen said he likes that Wan’Dale Robinson is similar to Kadarius Toney: “We’ll take as many of those guys on the field as we can.” <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Giants?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Giants</a>

If anything, the fact that Robinson went so high is a big surprise. Of note, the B/R NFL Scouting Department gave him a Round 3 grade and ranked him 18th overall among wideouts.

Still, one can't argue with his incredible production, as he snagged 104 passes for 1,334 yards and seven scores last year. He's a dynamic talent who could help finally jumpstart a Giants offense that finished No. 31 in scoring each of the last two years.

And with that, Robinson joins a wide receiver room that also includes Kenny Golladay, Toney, Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard, who is recovering from a torn Achilles.