Kadarius Toney is an American football wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He currently wears the number 78 jersey. Toney played college football at Florida and was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Toney was born on January 27, 1999, in Mobile, Alabama. He attended Blount High School in Eight Mile, Alabama, where he was the starting quarterback for the last two years of his high school football career as a dual-threat quarterback.
Toney was a consensus three-star recruit as a versatile athlete. He received scholarship offers from South Carolina, Georgia Tech, South Alabama, Alabama, and Florida. Toney eventually chose the Florida Gators.
During his freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons, Toney was a reserve player for the Gators at wide receiver, running back, wildcat quarterback, and special teams. As a senior in 2020, however, Toney’s production increased dramatically. He led the Gators’ potent offense with 70 receptions for 984 yards (14.1 average) while scoring 10 touchdowns.
Toney was selected by the New York Giants in the first round with the 20th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year contract worth $13.7 million, on June 4, 2021. Toney was placed on the team’s COVID-19 reserve list at the start of training camp. Toney started off slow, having only four receptions through the first three games.
Toney was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a third and a sixth-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft on October 27, 2022.