An SEC defensive coordinator told ESPN that “The Giants wanted DeVonta bad. They were pretty livid when Philly moved in front of them.”
The Giants, of course, reacted by making the first trade down in Dave Gettleman’s nine drafts a general manager, moving from No. 11 to No. 20 and selecting wide receiver Kadarius Toney.
That, too, surprised some college coaches.
Here is one response:
“Kadarius was a Wildcat guy. Kadarius was, ‘He’s in the game, get ready for fly sweep, or get ready for a trick play,’” the coach said. “He was an elite guy that way. But for a guy like that to go in the first round, I hadn’t seen that before. That’s the Tyreek Hill effect.”
Here is another;
“For a while, everybody wanted big receivers, but here’s what you saw in this draft: Speed matters,” an SEC head coach said. “Tyreek Hill is a problem, and it may be a direct response to the Tyreek Hills of the world.”
The Eagles obviously wanted Smith and thought the Giants would select him. We may never know for sure. Whether selecting Toney was the right move or not is something we will only know once we see how his career develops.