KC Chiefs: Kadarius Toney becoming a popular name in mock drafts

Kadarius Toney #17 of the Florida Gators (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
Kadarius Toney #17 of the Florida Gators (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) /

The KC Chiefs are frequently being linked with Kadarius Toney ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft. 

This offseason could potentially see the Kansas City Chiefs losing Sammy Watkins, Demarcus Robinson, and Byron Pringle to free agency, so it only makes sense that mock drafts are tying them to a wide receiver. The name that Chiefs fans are starting to see linked to their team frequently is Kadarius Toney of Florida and that’s who Bucky Brooks of NFL.com had KC selecting in his latest mock draft.

"Andy Reid loves having a 4×100 meter relay team on the perimeter. Toney would step in to replace pending free agent Sammy Watkins opposite Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman in the lineup."

As I said ahead of the Senior Bowl, the Chiefs would be an excellent match for Toney and vice versa. He would give them the speed they covet along with the ability to be an absolute machine in the red zone, as he had 10 touchdowns with the Gators in 2020.

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Toney really came into his own during his senior year, finishing the season with those 10 touchdowns and 984 yards receiving. He was tremendous in Gainesville and having a quarterback like Kyle Trask helped him turn into a beast of a receiver.

The KC Chiefs would love it if Kadarius Toney fell to them in the 2021 NFL Draft.

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The only real thing here is that it does seem unlikely for Toney to fall to the last (or second to last) pick in the first round. Yes, this year’s wide receiver draft class is terrific, but it’s hard to see Toney falling to the end of round one.

Hopefully, Toney is available that late and the Chiefs take him with pick 32 (or 31 depending on the outcome of Super Bowl LV). As Brooks mentioned, Toney would give the Chiefs yet another speedster who they could pair with Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman to create a track team.

Even though Watkins has said he’d be open to returning, the Chiefs should move on from the oft-injured once-coveted wideout. They should do the same with Robinson too, as he’s been jumped by Pringle on the depth chart. Speaking of Pringle, he’s someone the team should opt to re-sign because he’s been great in limited opportunities.

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Toney could come into Kansas City and immediately be a WR2/3 option for Patrick Mahomes and the explosive offense they’ve deployed for the past three years. He’d be the perfect fit and Chiefs fans should get used to seeing him linked to their squad.