What is the best possible outcome for Leonard Floyd and what is his worst scenario?
As we get ready for the 2017 Bears season, it is a good time to look at the ceiling and floor of every player currently on the Bears roster. Of course, career ending injury is the absolute floor, but we will try to keep it to an on the field scenario. Also, this is the most reasonable ceiling to be set, Mitchell Trubisky is not going to be Super Bowl MVP, MVP and Rookie of the Year this season. With that all said, this edition will look at outside linebacker Leonard Floyd.
Ryan Pace starts to make a case for Executive of the Year after his 2017 season. A combination of trading up for Leonard Floyd and Mitchell Trubisky has teams around the league buzzing that it could rival how the Raiders added Khalil Mack and Derek Carr in ascending years. Floyd had more sacks as a rookie than Mack, and while he does not match the 15 sacks that Mack put up in his second season, he does put up 12, and it comes with two forced fumbles and an interception. The Bears slowly move up in wins but many can sense around that league that this is just the beginning for Floyd and that he can be a difference-maker in the franchise after his 2017 performance.
The 2017 Floyd season starts to look similar to the 2015 Kyle Fuller season. Floyd stays healthy and is a full-time starter by the end of the season but his sacks decrease, and he puts up just five. The surprising step back hits Bears fans out of nowhere, and by the end of the season, they are wondering what they have in their pass rush at all. It forces them to draft another pass rusher and they head into 2018 with even more questions about Floyd than they had in 2017.