New York Giants make surprise pick in 2nd round, landing Kentucky WR Wan’Dale Robinson at 43rd overall

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Despite having Nakobe Dean and Skyy Moore on the board, the New York Giants made a surprise pick after trading back seven spots in the 2022 NFL Draft. Originally sitting at No. 36, general manager Joe Schoen moved back to the 43rd overall selection, where he selected Kentucky wide receiver, Wan’Dale Robinson.

Robinson is a tiny receiver at 5’8″ and 179 pounds, but he’s extremely versatile and shifty with the way he plays. In fact, many had Robinson deep at the bottom of their draft boards, but the Giants clearly saw something special in the Kentucky stand-out, who contributed 1,334 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

Robinson has elite agility, and despite being undersized, he’s built well with a muscular frame. He has a tiny catch radius which will limit his impact, but he’s easily utilized as a gadget receiver who can take a screen pass to the house.

According to Lance Zierlien of NFL.com, Robinson is extremely versatile in his alignments:

Robinson will be tabbed as a slot receiver but that is underselling his potential. He’s sudden and slick with an ability to make plays from a variety of alignments. He has gadget potential and can function as a dump-and-run target, acting as an extension of the running game. A lack of length and play strength could be a concern until he tightens up the route-running to prevent contested catches. He’s much lighter than Deebo Samuel, but the competitiveness, acceleration and run-after-catch talent could have teams eyeing a somewhat similar usage for Robinson in the future.
Robinson forced 22 missed tackles last year, ranking 6th among receivers. He also caught 35 screen passes which ranked 3rd, and 268 screen yards which ranked 4th. Clearly, the Giants will you realize him in a specific way, and while some might see the similarities between him and Kadarius Toney, Schoen indicated they are not shopping the former first-round pass catcher.
This is undoubtedly an interesting decision from the Giants, but he clearly serves a big purpose on the offensive side under the leadership of Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka.