Re-Grading the Giants' Last 5 First-Round Picks

As the 2024 NFL Draft approaches, it's a great time to go back and re-grade the New York Giants' last five first-round selections.
Re-grading the New York Giants' last five first-round picks.
Re-grading the New York Giants' last five first-round picks. / Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
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2021, Pick No. 20 — WR Kadarius Toney: F

Remember the hype surrounding Kadarius Toney after being taken 20th overall by New York three years ago? The promising pass-catching prospect looked great in his final season with the Florida Gators, hauling in 70 passes for 984 yards and 10 touchdowns. If he could pan out, the Giants looked like they had their No. 1 wideout for the next decade.

At first, it looked like Toney was going to live up to the hype. He took the football world by storm just four games into his NFL career, torching the Dallas Cowboys to the tune of 189 receiving yards on 10 catches in a Week 5 loss.

But much to Giants fans' dismay, Toney never came close to reaching those heights again. Injuries plagued the former Gator for the majority of his time in New York until was eventually traded to the Kansas City Chiefs for two draft picks in October 2022. He finished his Giants tenure with an underwhelming stat line of 41 catches for 420 yards without a touchdown in 12 games.

The silver lining is that Toney still hasn't developed into a legitimate weapon for the Chiefs. He's only posted a 41-340-3 stat line across 20 games while continuing to deal with injuries and various off-field issues.

At the end of the day, it's easy to see that Toney's time in New York (outside of his 189-yard performance) was nothing short of a bust.