Michael Floyd Scouting Report | 2012 NFL Draft
Player Name: Michael Floyd
Position: Wide Receiver
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Michael Floyd was a force from the moment he first stepped on the field with Notre Dame as a freshman back in 2008. Four spectacular seasons later, he’s likely positioned himself to be a first-round selection in the 2012 draft.
He finished his college career with 271 catches for 3,686 yards and 37 touchdowns for the Fighting Irish.
Floyd is physically comparable to Andre Johnson. At 6’3″, 224, he’s a matchup nightmare that has shown the ability to dominate his man right off the line of scrimmage.
His size and strength make it easy for him to beat press coverage, and he has the vertical ability to go up and make the catch over-the-top.
Floyd also has great hands, and can be a very reliable target going over-the-middle, even out of the slot. He slimmed down a bit from 2010 to 2011, which helped his speed a bit.
He’s a decent route-runner whose aforementioned size and strength make him extremely difficult to bring down. Very good foot speed for a man his size, as well.
While he was slightly faster after losing weight, speed is still not Floyd’s strong suit. His ability to go up and pluck the ball out of the air will come in handy, but his lack of speed means he likely won’t be much of a deep threat at the next level. He can also be caught from behind as a result.
If he puts the work in, he can improve greatly as a blocker.
There are also character and durability concerns with Floyd.
He was arrested thrice due to alcohol-related incidents during his time at Notre Dame, including a DUI. He also missed a handful of games during his freshman and sophomore seasons due to injuries.
If Floyd can get his head on straight and play up to his potential, there isn’t much stopping him from becoming a very solid NFL receiver. His lack of elite speed may keep him from being a true top-tier guy, but there’s nothing wrong with being a very, very good No. 2.
His rare combination of physical gifts should be tantalizing enough for a team to take a chance on him with a first-round pick.
This is a strong class of wide receivers, and there will be plenty of teams in the market for a player like Floyd towards the middle-end of round one.
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