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A look at the Bears Draft: Leonard Floyd

With the loss on Sunday to the Detroit Lions, the Bears hold the number 11 pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Continuing the series of Chicago Bears possible draft picks, we will be looking at another pass rusher.

Next up: OLB (3-4) Leonard Floyd 6’ 4” 230lb, University of Georgia.

 

Leonard Floyd didn’t put up big numbers in final year of Georgia (4.5 sacks, 10.5 tackles-for-loss, 74 tackles), but he was constantly moving from inside to outside linebacker, which took him away from his usual position as a stand-up OLB on the edge. Floyd was the backbone of his college defense and while on the overhang as a pass rusher, he pressured the QB and picked up a few sacks.

In the NFL, Floyd will be no doubt an OLB in the 3-4 defenses. Floyd is very fast off the edge with a rare ability to bend. He has a ton of potential to develop. His 4.60 forty time backs up his speed off the edge. By a rare ability to bend, that means he comes off the edge with speed and technique that his line to the QB is rarely interrupted.floyd-uga

Again with Floyd like Oakman, his size will serve him well.  Floyd’s size and strength will earn him playing time in the NFL right away. The Bears are trying to fill the other OLB opposite Pernell McPee since Jared Allen did not succeed at it.

From watching tape on Leonard Floyd, he is a relentless human being. He plays with so much energy and his teammates feed off of it.Leonard-Floyd2

Another thing I see on tape is his use of hands.  Floyd will not only beat you with speed, but will use his hands to get separation and get to the QB.

Floyd has been a bit under the radar because of how bad his team played, but no doubt he is a fantastic athlete and will produce right away on the big stage.

Next article, we will look at the other Bear need and its not a pass rusher.

 

 

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