It looks like a good year for rookie wideouts. There were 15 drafted in the first three rounds; 5 in each. Two of the more intriguing ones were selected by the New York teams, with the Giants taking Kadarius Toney in the first round and the Jets grabbing Elijah Moore (pictured) just 2 picks into the second.

Toney going that early was a surprise to some, but after the draft Urban Meyer expressed regret that he wasn't available to Jacksonville five picks later. Moore wouldn't have been surprising as a first-rounder. Both could/should emerge as starters with their respective teams.

Sooner, or later? The Giants have Kenny Golladay, Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard, but were clearly looking to add a top talent to their wide receiver group. Originally picking 11th, they traded back right after the Eagles swung a deal with Dallas to move from 12th to 10th and draft DeVonta Smith. Were the Giants going to take Smith? Dallas almost certainly wasn't, so presumably the Eagles thought New York would.

As for the Jets, they have Corey Davis and Jamison Crowder atop their depth chart, with Denzel Mims fitting in there somewhere, as well as free agent signing Keelan Cole. But Crowder has a big cap figure and Moore makes the most sense in the slot, so the team might be looking to cut ties with the veteran.

Both rookies had big roles in 2020. Moore's 86 receptions trailed only Heisman-winner DeVonta Smith, and considering Ole Miss played only 8 games, Moore actually led all of college football in receptions per game (minimum of 5 games). Toney also shows up in the top 25 (stats via

Elijah MooreOle Miss886119313.9810.8
DeVonta SmithAlabama13117185615.9239.0
Marlon WilliamsUCF871103914.6108.9
David BellPurdue65362511.888.8
Tyrice RichieNorthern Illinois65359711.348.8
Jaelon DardenNorth Texas974119016.1198.2
Hassan BeydounEastern Michigan54050812.708.0
Jonathan Adams Jr.Arkansas State1079111114.1127.9
Khalil ShakirBoise State75271913.867.4
Rashod BatemanMinnesota53647213.127.2
Chris OlaveOhio State75072914.677.1
Justin HallBall State74966513.647.0
Jaquarii RobersonWake Forest96292614.986.9
Terrace Marshall Jr.LSU74873115.2106.9
Amon-Ra St. BrownUSC64147811.776.8
Jadan BlueTemple6413819.356.8
Whop PhilyorIndiana8544959.236.8
Billy KempVirginia10676449.616.7
Jarrin PierceMiddle Tennessee State9595849.936.6
Romeo DoubsNevada958100217.396.4
Amari RodgersClemson1277102013.276.4
Wan'Dale RobinsonNebraska851461916.4
Kadarius ToneyFlorida117098414.1106.4
Shi SmithSouth Carolina95763311.146.3
Cam JohnsonVanderbilt9565459.736.2
Randle JonesTemple53137011.926.2
Simi FehokoStanford63757415.536.2
Jalen CropperFresno State63752014.156.2
Jordan AddisonPitt106066611.146.0
Jaivon HeilighCoastal Carolina116599815.4105.9
Tylan WallaceOklahoma State105992215.665.9
Tyler SneadEast Carolina9535301055.9
Bailey GaitherSan Jose State74172517.745.9
Dax MilneBrigham Young127011881785.8
Kyle WilliamsUNLV63542612.225.8
Jalen TolbertSouth Alabama116410851785.8
Kaylon GeigerTroy116475211.835.8
Taj HarrisSyracuse105873312.655.8
Jahan DotsonPenn State9528841785.8
Calvin Austin IIIMemphis1163105316.7115.7
Treylon BurksArkansas95182016.175.7
Tre WalkerSan Jose State84562713.945.6
Jaylon RobinsonUCF105597917.865.5
D'Wayne EskridgeWestern Michigan63376823.385.5
Drake LondonUSC63350215.235.5
Tyler VaughnsUSC63340612.335.5
Jo'quavious MarksMississippi State11602684.505.5

Those New York wideouts aren't the only incoming rookies well represented on this list. Smith, Baltimore first-rounder Rashod Bateman, Carolina second-rounder Terrace Marshall, Green Bay third-rounder Amari Rodgers and Detroit fourth-rounder Amon-Ra St. Brown also show up favorably.

Maybe not a great year for running backs, as discussed yesterday, but some intriguing wideouts entering the league, with a chance to make an immediate impact.

--Andy Richardson