49ers Trade-Up Target No. 4: WR Kadarius Toney, Florida
The fact the 2021 NFL Draft is notably deep at wide receiver probably lessens any chance San Francisco would be willing to trade back up into Round 1 for a player like Florida’s Kadarius Toney.
That said, Toney is a notable talent worth trading up for.
The 6-foot, 193-pound Toney is one of the more explosive pass-catchers in this year’s class, being yet another one of those prospects who could possibly thrive in head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Whenever Toney gets the ball in his hands, it’s possible his shiftiness and elusiveness could ultimately spring for a touchdown. Pair that with Shanahan’s scheme to get players open anyway, and it’s not hard to see Toney being a key factor.
The 49ers do have depth questions at the position, particularly who supports returning wideouts Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk. Getting a No. 3 wide receiver is a need here.
While Toney is still quite raw with his route-running skills, and that’ll be important for Shanahan and Co. to hone, the overall abilities are certainly there.
So is the versatility, too, as Toney can play on the outside or within the slot. And in Shanahan’s positionless offense, a player like Toney could do a lot of damage and could easily be a Niners target if he’s slipping towards the tail end of Round 1 but it’s anticipated to fall into the middle of Round 2.