Meyer excited for ‘slash’ Etienne, sought Toney

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The bottom level of City Meyer’s first NFL draft got here courtesy of the New York Giants.

Meyer advised ESPN’s Faculty GameDay on Friday that it “broke his coronary heart” when a crew chosen a participant he was focusing on with the twenty fifth total decide. Meyer reluctantly admitted on Saturday that the participant was former Florida receiver Kadarius Toney, whom the New York Giants took with the twentieth decide.

“I’ve gotten to know him over the past couple weeks and clearly my reference to [Gators] coach [Dan] Mullen and people guys,” Meyer mentioned. “You watch [Toney] play, he is a human spotlight reel.”

With Toney gone, Meyer and the Jaguars opted for Clemson operating again Travis Etienne. He truly is a greater match based mostly on the best way the Jaguars plan to make use of him– much like the best way Meyer used Percy Harvin when he was the top coach at Florida.

Harvin lined up within the backfield, within the slot, at receiver and ran for 1,852 yards and 19 touchdowns and caught 133 passes for 1,929 yards and 13 touchdowns in three seasons for the Gators. Along with dashing for an ACC-record 4,952 yards and 70 TDs in 4 seasons for the Tigers, Etienne additionally caught 102 passes for 1,155 yards and eight TDs — together with 85 receptions for 1,020 yards and 6 TDs within the final two seasons.

Toney caught 120 passes for 1,590 yards and 12 TDs and ran for 580 yards and two TDs in 4 seasons at Florida.

“He is way more than a operating again,” Meyer mentioned of Etienne. “He is a slash. We didn’t recruit him simply because he is a operating again. We most likely would not have. He is a man that had lots of manufacturing within the passing sport at Clemson. He is obtained wonderful palms and he’ll be twin educated.

“These [dual-threat players] are exhausting to search out, too, but when yow will discover one we all know tips on how to use him. With him I anticipate him [to make] an prompt influence.”