Joe Schoen drafted a gadget receiver Friday night with a similar skill set to Kadarius Toney.
Then, the freshman general manager bristled with questions about the possibility of trading his sophomore wide, while refusing to completely close the door on a deal.
Schoen traded twice in the second round of the NFL Draft, from the No. 36 pick through 38 through 43. That matched the Giants’ two-trade total in the last 14 years combined.
At 43, Schoen went on to pick Kentucky wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson, a 5-foot-8, 178-pound gimmick, slot catcher, running back and running back who traded from Nebraska.
“[I’m] tough, elusive, exciting, just a playmaker,” Robinson, 21, said on a conference call from Lexington, Ky. “I like being a guy who can do all the things on the court equally well. . So the defense doesn’t know what I’m going to do when I’m in the game.
Afterwards, Schoen was then infuriated with questions as to whether he continued to seek a trade from Toney.
Schoen was first asked what the addition of Robinson meant for Toney, given their similar profiles.
“You have seen Kadarius,” he said. “We’ll take as many guys like that on the pitch as we can.”
Then the GM was asked if he closed the door trying to trade Toney. The Daily News reported last week that the Giants were calling teams looking to trade him.
“We’re not buying Kadarius Toney,” Schoen said.
Schoen was then asked: So you’re not going to trade it? And he refused to close the door completely.
“Think about what I just said,” said the general manager.
This is all a game of semantics, and Schoen seemed responsive to Toney’s questions.
Meanwhile, it wasn’t immediately clear if the Giants had traded too far. Schoen traded with the Jets and Falcons, slipping from No. 36 to 43, and acquired additional fourth (114) and fifth (146) round picks in the process.
As Schoen waited at pick 43, the Minnesota Vikings jumped over the corner-needy Giants at 42 with the Colts and selected Clemson corner Andrew Booth Jr.
The Giants also drafted Robinson much higher than expected. A scout told the News that Robinson was “fast” (4.44 40-yard sprint) but considered him a “day 3 guy.”
Robinson was also rated fourth round by Pro Football Focus and third or fourth round by The Athletic, which also reports that Robinson has more career drops (11) than touchdowns (10).
However, Robinson had 104 catches for 1,334 yards and seven touchdowns last season. And his addition continues a theme of speed on offense for Schoen and new coach Brian Daboll.
That includes the free agent signings of running back Matt Breida and receiver/returning man Richie James Jr.
Even if Schoen reached Robinson, at least he picked up a few more draft picks when he did.
The Giants franchise hasn’t made a single trade in an NFL Draft from 2007 to 2020.
Former general manager Dave Gettleman — who had never traded to the Panthers and Giants in eight previous drafts — finally traded in the first and second rounds last year.
Schoen’s two trades increased the Giants’ total number of draft picks in 2022 from nine to 11 for this rebuild.
Schoen first traded pick 36 to the Jets for 38 and 146 in the fifth round. That gives the Giants back-to-back picks at 146 and 147 in the fifth round.
Then he came back 38-43 and picked up Atlanta’s 114 pick in the fourth round.
Daboll made sure to announce that “Kadarius had a great week” in the Giants’ voluntary offseason program in his first week in person after showing up on Monday.
“I jumped in and moved forward,” the coach said.
But it remains to be seen what other business Schoen will conduct this weekend and this offseason, and whether Toney might ultimately consider a trade.