With news indicating the Giants could trade former first-round wide receiver Kadarius Toney going viral on social media, the team has shown interest in a high-upside draft prospect that could be had in the later rounds.
There are a few popular names among mid-round receivers in the draft, notably Skyy Moore out of Western Michigan and Christian Watson from North Dakota state, but another name to keep an eye on is Samori Toure out of Nebraska.
According to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, the Giants and Jets have both done their research on Toure, who’s coming off a tremendous season after transferring from Montana to the Big Ten in 2021.
Last season, he posted 898 yards over 46 receptions, tallying five touchdowns. Toure stands at 6’1″ and 191 pounds, featuring phenomenal route running capabilities and tremendous balance.
In a spread offense, which is likely what the Giants will incorporate into their new offensive scheme moving forward, Toure could be a dangerous receiver, capable of blowing the top off of defenses down the field but also creating space on shallow routes.
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Here’s a clip of Toure showcasing a simple out route that turns into a vertical touchdown, getting over the top of the defensive back and creating plenty of separation with quality route running. Some believe that Toure could feature in a “big slot” role at the next level, but he has the size to play inside and out.
Despite having a slim frame and not featuring high-end athleticism, Toure has a strong understanding of leverage and route running, which gives him a fundamental boost for teams looking to add a receiver who can make an impact later on in the draft.
If the Giants retain Kadarius Toney, it is hard to imagine they will invest a premium draft pick on a receiver. However, a player like Toure would fit the bill perfectly on Day 3.