Michael Floyd Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On January – 21 – 2012
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Michael Floyd

Notre Dame

Ht. 6-3 Wt. 228

Hands:  Floyd is a consistent catcher of the football and you won’t see many drops from him.  He snatches the ball as he uses his big body to shield defenders.  Very rarely allows the ball to get into his body.  Phenomenal at high pointing the football and uses his leaping ability to soar over defenders for tough catches.

Route Running:  Floyd has experience running an NFL route tree as he was coached by Charlie Weis for two seasons.  He gets into his routes quickly and is patient and precise in setting up his breaks.  He is a factor in all areas of the field…excels down the field on vertical routes by using his big body, willing to go over the middle, and is a major threat in the redzone.  He beats defenders off the line of scrimmage and is tough to jam.  He uses his hands so well at the line that he often wins the route before it starts.

After the Catch:  Maybe Floyd’s most underrated skill is what he can do in the open field.  He plays faster than his timed speed.  He’s solid frame allows him to shed tacklers in the open field and has the agility to make defenders miss in one-on-one situations.    I think he’s a solid option for a West Coast team predicated on short, underneath routes that rely on yards after the catch as he uses his body and surprising burst to make you miss.

Athleticism:  Floyd is more of a slow-twitch athlete that lacks the elite athleticism of some of the other receivers in this draft.  Because of this he is limited and most likely won’t have value as a big play threat in the NFL.  He carries a lot of weight on his frame at almost 230 pounds and may be better off shedding a few pounds to the 220 range.

Bottom Line:  Floyd will be hampered by his lack of athleticism/big play ability and past off-the-field indiscretions.  He will have to answer in interviews about the three alcohol related offenses since 2009 and two in a 14-month time period.  I think he’s an ideal fit for team looking for a big body possession guy or in the WC offense working the underneath of defenses.

Draft Projection:  Top 20 selection.

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