2017 NFL DRAFT

Leonard Floyd, OLB

School: Georgia  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Eastman, GA
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 244 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
1831

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.602.68-- 39 1/2---
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.592.681.59- 39 1/210'7"--

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Player Overview

Floyd spent only three years in Athens and finished with 74 tackles in 2015, but Georgia's 3-4 scheme has helped pad the statistics of several edge rushers in recent years. The difference might be Floyd's superior raw tools.

Floyd had 6.5 sacks (among his 55 tackles) in 2013. Floyd struggled with a shoulder injury that eventually required surgery and kept him out of the Belk Bowl in 2014, but posted similar numbers as a sophomore, leading the Bulldogs with 6.0 sacks.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Has the requisite burst to surge past tackles as a speed rusher with underrated strength. He is surprisingly powerful at the point of attack, flashing dynamite in his hands with an effective hand slap to knock away blockers attempting to gain control.

His first-step burst and acceleration get him into the backfield quickly off the edge or knifing inside. Excellent movement skills for his tall, lengthy frame. Relentless nature and speed to collapse the pocket or chase down plays from behind. Because of his agility and closing speed, could move to a more traditional linebacker.

WEAKNESSES: The two major knocks on Floyd are weight and durability. Has lean bone structure with twig limbs, thin torso and scouts have concerns about how much weight he can add - looks like A.J. Green in his Georgia uniform, which isn't a positive comparison for a pass rusher. Below-average functional strength.

Struggles to generate movement at the point of attack or convert speed to power. Too easily controlled on the edges. Can be eliminated by blockers when he doesn't effectively use his length.

COMPARES TO: Barkevious Mingo, Cleveland Browns - Neither players is known for ideal power features. Floyd and Mingo have lean athleticism and get-off quickness to threaten the edge and keep blockers guessing.

IN OUR VIEW: A highly intriguing size-length-athleticism prospect, Floyd can stab, dip and flatten around the edge, maintaining his balance without losing speed to the pocket. He is deadly in space, but Floyd's lack of functional strength and growth potential are glaring concerns. One of the best athletes in this draft class, his is not one of the best football players and would need to land in a scheme that protects him in a niche role.

--Rob Rang (@robrang) (2/19/16)

INJURY HISTORY

2014: Played through a shoulder injury that eventually required surgery.

 
 
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