When the NY Giants selected Kentucky wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson with the No. 43 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, it was met with mixed reviews.
Those in support of it were ecstatic that a dynamic playmaker would be joining the offense, which has largely lacked a talent of Robinson’s caliber since Odell Beckham Jr. Before OBJ … we’re really not sure who matched that kind of shiftiness and explosiveness. Plus, any and all help quarterback Daniel Jones could get, the better!
But there were also those in dissent of general manager Joe Schoen’s bold move after he traded back twice in the second round. With so many other needs, a wide receiver kind of felt excessive. And when you realize the countless other holes on the roster, some weren’t pleased that one of the team’s premier selections was used on an undersized slot guy.
However … there’s no denying Robinson’s talent. Additionally, fans can’t realistically expect all of Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton to remain on the 2022 roster. It’s just not going to happen based on all the rumors and drama that has persisted ever since the team cleared house in the front office.
And even if those guys do stay, it’s pretty evident new offensive coordinator Mike Kafka will figure out a way to get Robinson touches after seeing all that he can do.
Wan’Dale Robinson’s talent was too good to pass up at No. 43 for the Giants
Need 10 yards on a wide receiver screen? Robinson’s got it covered. How about an end-around or a carry out of the backfield? Easy, he’ll squirm in between the tackles and get into the second level. Short passes in space over the middle? That’s his bread and butter.
But a third down and 26?! Yeah, he can beat opposing defensive backs deep, too, as well as haul in tough passes in traffic. Don’t forget, Robinson did all of this against SEC defenses, which are regarded as the best in the country. That’s the most self-explanatory way to evaluate an offensive talent and determining if their abilities can translate seamlessly to the next level.
Fans love to praise or knock draft picks upon their selection, but the truth is there’s no way to properly evaluate any aspect of their game until we can see how certain players are utilized on the field.
If the Giants and their new offense, led by mastermind Brian Daboll, can take some pressure off Jones by giving the ball to Robinson on plays where he can do damage, this early selection will be validated not too long after the 2022 season kicks off.