Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd, the second-rated receiver on NFLDraftScout.com behind Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon, will not participate in the Senior Bowl next week.
Floyd's absence, first reported by Sports Illustrated, was anticipated by the Senior Bowl, which added Gerell Robinson to the 10-man receiving corps for the event http://www.seniorbowl.com/announced
Floyd could still travel to Mobile and participate in face-to-face interviews with teams and their scouts, an important aspect of the event that takes place in the evening hours until most scouts leave town on Thursday. Given the significant red flags he raised with three off-field incidents involving alcohol while at Notre Dame, Floyd would be wise to show accountability and maturity by making himself available to face questions he must know are coming from pro evaluators ready to sink millions into his future.
Floyd combination of size and agility will keep him in the top three receivers available, but Baylor's Kendall Wright could be preferred over Floyd by some teams because of his blazing speed and advanced route-running. The big difference -- size. Floyd is likely to run in the 4.5 range at 6-3, 224. Wright, Baylor's all-time leading receiver, is just 5-10, 195, but might clock closer to 4.4 in the 40.
Floyd was projected to be a late first-round pick in 2011 but chose to return for his senior season.
He closed the season with an exclamation point -- 35 catches in his final three regular-season games -- and had 100 receptions for 1,147 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011, including this circus catch in the Champs Sports Bowl against Notre Dame http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9liJMCLHjU