Two young wideouts could pique the interest of the Cardinals

(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) Kadarius Toney
(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) Kadarius Toney /

A couple of young wide receivers who are reportedly on the trade block could fill a void at the position for the Arizona Cardinals.

The general belief among those who follow the Arizona Cardinals is that the club will use an early-round draft selection on a wide receiver this coming week. While that appears to be the plan, there could be another avenue that general manager Steve Keim could go down to add another productive pass-catcher to the “Air Raid” offense.

According to reports, both Kadarius Toney and N’Keal Harry have been placed on the trade block by their respective teams. The scuttlebutt indicates that the New York Giants and the New England Patriots are willing to entertain offers for the two talented wideouts. Could the Cards go in another direction early on in the draft and instead elect to give up a later-round pick for either Toney or Harry?

At the moment, Arizona will be forced to stand by while 22 prospects are taken off of the board on April 28th. A fair amount of top-notch receivers will almost certainly find homes before Keim gets to choose at the 23rd overall slot. It would be foolish for the Redbirds to reach for a wideout in round 1, especially if the prospects they had the highest grades on are no longer available.

That’s where trading for an individual who could fill a void at the position could make some sense. The question is, would Keim be willing to give up a mid or late-round choice to acquire either Toney or Harry?

Kadarius Toney and N’Keal Harry would be fine fits with the Arizona Cardinals

A year has passed since the Giants drafted Toney with the 20th overall selection. Injuries, along with two separate stints on the league’s Reserve/COVID-19 list, limited the 6-foot, 193-pounder to just 10 games last fall. One particular performance, however, showed exactly what Toney is capable of when he’s 100 percent healthy.

During a Week 5 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Toney exploded, hauling in 10 passes for an outstanding 189 receiving yards. The former University of Florida product’s final stat-line for his rookie campaign was far from impressive (39 catches, 420 yards), but what he accomplished versus Dallas proved that the potential is there.

Trade rumors have swirled around Harry for the past couple of years. For whatever the reason, the former Arizona State Sun Devil has not endeared himself to the New England coaching staff. Perhaps a change of scenery could benefit the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Harry.

In 33 pro appearances (18 starts), Harry has tallied 57 receptions, 598 receiving yards, and four touchdowns for New England. Could a return to Arizona be exactly what the doctor ordered for the gifted 24-year-old?

How the draft transpires will likely determine the best plan of action for the Cardinals at the wide receiver spot. If a preferred pass-catcher isn’t an option at pick No. 23, a deal that would bring either Toney or Harry to the desert might not be a bad alternative for Keim and his cohorts.

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