By: Hussam Patel
Welcome to Juice’s Jumbo Board where each week I highlight an impact player the Miami Dolphins can target in next Year's NFL Draft. After picking up 11 players in the 2020 draft, the Dolphins look to build their organization through the 2021 draft and compete in the postseason. Currently the Dolphins hold the following projected picks not counting compensatory picks via Tank-athon (December 26th Update):
RD1: Pick 6(From Houston)
RD1: Pick 21
RD2: Pick 37(From Houston)
RD2: Pick 54
RD3: Pick 85
RD4: Pick 118(Swap with Las Vegas)
RD6: Pick 188 (From Pittsburgh)
All I want for Christmas is a reliable pass-catcher that can turn on the jets and take the ball into the endzone. That, my Fins fam is Kadarius Toney. The Dolphins need more Run After Catch yard receivers for Tua and a “Tyreek Hill-esque” player that can take it home. Toney is absolutely electric, can stop on a dime and leave defenders bamboozled. The Dolphins could look to draft him as one of two receivers in the draft. After all WR is a big need.
At Florida, Toney was used almost everywhere- kind of like another Dolphins WR we know of. A WR, R, and Wildcat QB, Toney showed he’s a firepower at any skill position on the field which makes him dangerous. In space is where he does the most damage and a great return specialist which could make Jakeem Grant expendable.
Catching the ball, especially around traffic and with multiple defenders, Toney is at ease with sticky hands and breaking tackles contorting his body and using his strength to churn yardage after the first contact to go up field. Against 1-on-1 man-coverage Toney uses his footwork to leave defenders stunned and in zone coverage, especially in the middle of the field, is able to find soft spots and utilizes his speed to gain chunk yards.
Toney is only 5’11 and 190 lbs. His body from and weight is put into question against taller and heavier DBs in the NFL; however, that is normal tangible traits for slot WRs. Toney would not be able to lineup as a True #1 WR against bigger body DBs but can certainly use his speed to make space and catch the ball. He would not be able to make contested catches like DeVante Parker and Preston Williams.
Ball security is not an issue with Toney but he uses his pads and shoulders to leverage the ball coming to him- a signal that he might not have confidence in his hands just yet and is an issue that needs to be corrected. With the league changing from big body contested catchers to small body WRs catching the ball in open space, Toney is a perfect fit in this era. If the Dolphins do draft him he would need to work on better positioning for quick hitters such as slants, in and out routes.
Coming into the season Toney was regarded as a Day 3/UDFA prospect. With the way Dan Mullen and his staff developed and utilized his skills on the field, Toney broke out and became a pleasant surprise for the Gators and scouts. Toney’s draft stock took a massive boost and could be a late Day-1 pick and a definite lock for Day-2.
His speed reminds me of Tyreek Hill and Jakeem Grant but play ability is a bit similar to Deebo Samuel. Essentially a great WR draft class this year Toney is a steal. If I’m in the Dolphins draft room I would pound the table for him.