Joe Schoen drafted a gadget receiver on Friday night time with a ability set identical to Kadarius Toney’s.
Then the very first-12 months GM bristled at questions about maybe buying and selling his second-calendar year wideout, while declining to close the doorway absolutely on a offer.
Schoen traded again 2 times in the NFL Draft’s next round from pick No. 36 to 38 to 43. That matched the Giants’ two total trade backs in the past 14 several years put together.
At 43, Schoen then picked Kentucky receiver Wan’Dale Robinson, a 5-8, 178-pound gadget participant, slot receiver, return man and working back again who transferred from Nebraska.
“[I’m] rough, elusive, interesting, just a playmaker,” Robinson, 21, mentioned on a conference simply call from Lexington, Ky. “I like currently being a guy that can do all the factors on the field equally properly. So the protection doesn’t know what I’m gonna do when I’m in the match.”
Later on, Schoen then was exasperated by queries about no matter if he is continuing to seek out a trade of Toney.
Initially Schoen was questioned what Robinson’s addition intended for Toney, offered their related profiles.
“You fellas observed Kadarius,” he mentioned. “We’ll acquire as numerous guys like that as we can on the subject.”
Then the GM was requested if he’d shut the door on making an attempt to trade Toney. The Daily News described final 7 days that the Giants ended up contacting teams seeking to trade him.
“We’re not buying Kadarius Toney,” Schoen explained.
Schoen then was requested: So you’re not going to trade him? And he declined to absolutely shut the doorway.
“Reflect on what I just mentioned,” the GM reported.
This is all a sport of semantics, and Schoen appeared sensitive to the Toney queries.
Meanwhile, it wasn’t immediately obvious if the Giants experienced traded also considerably back. Schoen traded back again with the Jets and the Falcons, sliding from No. 36 to 43, and obtained added fourth (114) and fifth (146) round picks in the process.
While Schoen waited at decide on 43, the Minnesota Vikings jumped over the corner-needy Giants to 42 with the Colts and chosen Clemson corner Andrew Booth Jr.
The Giants also drafted Robinson substantially greater than he was predicted to go. One scout told the News that Robinson is “fast” (4.44 40-yard sprint) but that he considers him a “day 3 man.”
Robinson also was graded as a fourth rounder by Pro Football Concentration and a 3rd or fourth-rounder by The Athletic, which also studies that Robinson has much more occupation drops (11) than obtaining touchdowns (10).
Robinson experienced 104 catches for 1,334 yards and 7 TDs final year, nonetheless. And his addition continues a theme of pace on offense for Schoen and new coach Brian Daboll.
That contains the cost-free agent signings of jogging back again Matt Breida and receiver/return male Richie James Jr.
Even if Schoen attained for Robinson, at the very least he picked up some excess draft picks when he did it.
The Giants franchise didn’t make a solitary trade again in an NFL Draft from 2007 by means of 2020.
Ex-GM Dave Gettleman – who experienced by no means traded back in 8 prior drafts for the Panthers and Giants – finally traded back in past year’s first and 2nd rounds.
Schoen’s two trades boosted the Giants’ overall 2022 draft picks from 9 to 11 for this rebuild.
Schoen initially traded decide on 36 to the Jets for 38 and 146 in the fifth spherical. That provides the Giants again-to-back again picks at 146 and 147 in the fifth spherical.
Then he traded again from 38 to 43 and grabbed decide 114 from Atlanta in the fourth round.
Daboll produced positive to announce that “Kadarius experienced a great week” in the Giants’ voluntary offseason method all through his initially in-particular person 7 days right after demonstrating up Monday.
“Jumped proper in and chugging along,” the coach mentioned.
But it stays to be found what even further small business Schoen conducts this weekend and this offseason, and regardless of whether Toney may issue into a trade after all.