ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper maintained he has questions about Leonard Floyd as a draft pick. But NFL teams with high first-round selections apparently do not share those same concerns.
In Kiper’s third mock draft of the offseason, he has the Chicago Bears taking Floyd with the No. 11 overall pick. This is quite the change from his previous mock, where he had Floyd outside of the first round.
Previously, Kiper said Floyd’s game film didn’t show the kind of consistency on a weekly basis that he’d hope for with someone of his talent level. But based on what he’s hearing in NFL circles, Floyd – at least at this time – is a sure-fire first-round pick.
"I keep hearing from everyone I talk to in the league and they're saying, 'Hey, he’s going in the top part of the first round,'" Kiper said. "This is a mock draft based on what you predict will happen and that’s what I’m hearing on Floyd, somewhere in the top half of round one. The Bears could certainly use a pass rusher opposite of (Pernell) McPhee."
In his junior season at Georgia, Floyd finished second on the team with 74 tackles and led the Bulldogs with 4 ½ sacks. Floyd elected to bypass his final year of collegiate eligibility to enter the NFL draft.
Floyd certainly helped his draft status with his recent NFL combine showing. He ran a 4.60 40-yard dash, which ranked fifth overall among linebackers. The performance seemed to help Floyd now that NFL teams apparently are buzzing about the former Georgia outside linebacker as an early first-round pick.
He also measured in at 6-foot-6 and 244 pounds – both of which were greater than the 6-4 and 231 frame Georgia listed him at this past season.
"In terms of Floyd it’s all about what you’re hearing now," Kiper said. "He showed his athletic ability. He’s got the length. He got his weight up to where it’s expected to be. He flashed but he wasn’t consistent. I thought he was quiet in some games I watched where he shouldn’t have been, considering his talent and physical ability. He’s one of those, I would say, boom or bust. But he’s a tough guy to get a handle on."