Michael Floyd Improves Draft Stock with Strong Showing at NFL Combine

Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd participates in a catch and run drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The Bears have been linked to Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd in dozens of mock drafts.  After a better-than-expected 4.47 40 yard dash time and an impressive overall showing on Sunday, the wide receiver’s draft stock could be on the rise.  Watch him run here and check him out among the Best of WR’s highlights from Sunday.

Here’s NFL.com’s thumbnail on Floyd, after the jump.

Overview

Floyd has been a game changer at the collegiate level and possesses the size, aggressiveness and game experience to make a difference early in his transition to the NFL. Floyd has been an extremely productive threat both deep and in possession for the Irish throughout his career, as well as a physical blocker and a reliable third-down playmaker. His on-field maturity, physical nature and ability to make the big catch will outshine some off-field mishaps, as Floyd projects to be one of the top receivers off the board.

Analysis

Strengths

Floyd is a polished receiver who shows the ability to release and burst off the line of scrimmage despite his frame. He is a solid route runner who will consistently make the big catch. He is an excellent athlete who is strong and contributes in the run game with his physicality on the edge. A receiver who is tough across the middle, Floyd will make the tough catch and get up-field. Floyd brings that No. 1 receiver presence to the next level and projects to produce to that standard. Floyd’s explosiveness off the line and frame when catching balls make him a presence that is felt by opposing defenses. As a blocker, Floyd will do more than just mirror defenders, as he will come down the line of scrimmage and crack linebackers. He is a red zone threat at any level and his projectability to the next level is a major key to his high draft value.

Weaknesses

Floyd does not have game-breaking speed as a deep threat, and consistency has been somewhat of a concern as a senior. Prior injuries could raise somewhat of a red flag along with various off-field issues.

I’ve already seen a few publications moving Floyd up to a top-15 ranking after his impressive day.  The best thing Bears fans could hope for is another run-in with the law before the draft to drop Floyd’s stock back down a few pegs.

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