Round 1, Pick 32 (via TB): Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
In this particular 2021 NFL Mock Draft, I have the Indianapolis Colts trading down from pick 21 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With all the top tackle prospects, receivers, and corners gone at this spot it made sense to move down and acquire more assets after losing a 2021 third from the Carson Wentz trade. The Buccaneers receive the 21st overall pick and the Colts receive picks 32, 137, 217, and a 2022 seventh rounder.
With the 32nd overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts have selected the speedy wide receiver out of the University of Florida in Kadarius Toney. Toney was a utility player for the first three years of his college career and it wasn’t until his senior season that he really came into his own as a full-time wide receiver. Toney totaled 120 receptions for 1,590 yards and 12 touchdowns and most of that production all came in the 2020 season. Toney also had 66 rushing attempts for 580 yards and two touchdowns. Not only is Toney a receiving and rushing threat but he also contributed as a returner in both the kicking and punting game.
Toney is elite after the catch and uses his speed, short-area quickness, and athleticism to break tackles and make defenders miss entirely. The knock on Toney is that he typically has to play out of the slot and take advantage of using the middle of the field to get open in space. Toney is roughly 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds so playing outside against bigger corners won’t serve him well. I can ultimately see a number of receivers going to the Colts here but went with the versatility of Toney for this mock.