Joe Schoen drafted a gadget receiver on Friday night time with a talent set much like Kadarius Toney’s.
Then the first-year GM bristled at questions on presumably buying and selling his second-year wideout, whereas declining to shut the door utterly on a deal.
Schoen traded again twice within the NFL Draft’s second spherical from choose No. 36 to 38 to 43. That matched the Giants’ two complete commerce backs prior to now 14 years mixed.
At 43, Schoen then picked Kentucky receiver Wan’Dale Robinson, a 5-8, 178-pound gadget participant, slot receiver, return man and working again who transferred from Nebraska.
“[I’m] powerful, elusive, thrilling, only a playmaker,” Robinson, 21, stated on a convention name from Lexington, Ky. “I like being a man that may do all of the issues on the sector equally effectively. So the protection doesn’t know what I’m gonna do after I’m within the sport.”
Afterwards, Schoen then was exasperated by questions on whether or not he’s persevering with to hunt a commerce of Toney.
First Schoen was requested what Robinson’s addition meant for Toney, given their comparable profiles.
“You guys noticed Kadarius,” he stated. “We’ll take as many guys like that as we are able to on the sector.”
Then the GM was requested if he’d shut the door on attempting to commerce Toney. The Each day Information reported final week that the Giants had been calling groups seeking to commerce him.
“We’re not buying Kadarius Toney,” Schoen stated.
Schoen then was requested: So that you’re not going to commerce him? And he declined to utterly shut the door.
“Mirror on what I simply stated,” the GM stated.
That is all a sport of semantics, and Schoen appeared delicate to the Toney questions.
In the meantime, it wasn’t instantly clear if the Giants had traded too far again. Schoen traded again with the Jets and the Falcons, sliding from No. 36 to 43, and purchased additional fourth (114) and fifth (146) spherical picks within the course of.
Whereas Schoen waited at choose 43, the Minnesota Vikings jumped over the corner-needy Giants to 42 with the Colts and chosen Clemson nook Andrew Sales space Jr.
The Giants additionally drafted Robinson a lot greater than he was anticipated to go. One scout advised the Information that Robinson is “quick” (4.44 40-yard sprint) however that he considers him a “day 3 man.”
Robinson additionally was graded as a fourth rounder by Professional Soccer Focus and a 3rd or fourth-rounder by The Athletic, which additionally studies that Robinson has extra profession drops (11) than receiving touchdowns (10).
Robinson had 104 catches for 1,334 yards and 7 TDs final season, nonetheless. And his addition continues a theme of velocity on offense for Schoen and new coach Brian Daboll.
That features the free agent signings of working again Matt Breida and receiver/return man Richie James Jr.
Even when Schoen reached for Robinson, at the very least he picked up some additional draft picks when he did it.
The Giants franchise didn’t make a single commerce again in an NFL Draft from 2007 by 2020.
Ex-GM Dave Gettleman – who had by no means traded again in eight prior drafts for the Panthers and Giants – lastly traded again in final yr’s first and second rounds.
Schoen’s two trades boosted the Giants’ complete 2022 draft picks from 9 to 11 for this rebuild.
Schoen first traded choose 36 to the Jets for 38 and 146 within the fifth spherical. That offers the Giants back-to-back picks at 146 and 147 within the fifth spherical.
Then he traded again from 38 to 43 and grabbed choose 114 from Atlanta within the fourth spherical.
Daboll made positive to announce that “Kadarius had a very good week” within the Giants’ voluntary offseason program throughout his first in-person week after exhibiting up Monday.
“Jumped proper in and chugging alongside,” the coach stated.
However it stays to be seen what additional enterprise Schoen conducts this weekend and this offseason, and whether or not Toney may issue right into a commerce in any case.