What You Need To Know About Bears 1st Round Pick: Leonard Floyd

What You Need To Know About Bears 1st Round Pick: Leonard Floyd

Bears general manager Ryan Pace made a splash in his second draft by trading the 11th pick and 4th-round pick (106th overall) to the Tampa Bay Bucs for their 9th pick which they used to select Georgia line back Leonard Floyd. Prior to the draft Pace said,

I think if you have conviction on a player – that’s how the grades comes out – you take the best player available.”

And, that’s what he believes he did, by making the second draft-day trade (the Titans traded up for Jack Conklin).

Clearly Pace was in love with Floyd who did not get the same kind of affection from some analysts. Here’s what our Barroom analysts said when they listed him at #14 on our Big Board.

Auston Belisle has some concerns and slipped Floyd to No. 26 on his personal board:

While Floyd can bend the corner with the best of them, he’s limited by his wiry frame and lack of functional strength. It remains to be seen if Floyd can bulk up and in turn, match up with the NFL’s crop of elite right and left tackles.

Jose Cotto has no concerns and topped Floyd out at No. 9!:

I understand the concerns related to his weight and do feel he must add some mass. At 6’6 he has room to add to his frame. This is an excellent athlete who plays to the whistle. On tape he showed me quite a bit when given the opportunity to get after the QB. The issue is he was used as a stopgap as an off-ball linebacker due to his athleticism. This was a major miss by Georgia’s staff. Floyd has good burst, the ability to bend, and he uses his arm length to gain leverage over larger offensive linemen when pass rushing. Many disagree but I trust my eyes over anyone else’s.  I see 15 sack potential when I watch him.

Jordan Reid loves the tape and has Floyd at No. 19 on his board:

Relentless is one word to describe Leonard Floyd. His ability to get by offensive tackles and rush the passer is what sets him apart from many others in this draft class. His slipperiness and ability to bend the edge make him a standout pass rusher from day one in the NFL. He has a long, and lean frame but he is built to put on weight. With pass-rushing value at an all-time high in the NFL, Floyd will hear his name called in the latter part of the first round.

Lance Zierlein at NFL.com compares Floyd to Eli Harold.

Floyd is painfully thin and will struggle to matchup with the strength of NFL players, but he is rangy in space, plays with a good motor and has traits as a pass rusher that would be a mistake to ignore. Floyd’s ability to cover close to five yards in three strides is rare for edge rushers. Add to that his inside counter and ability to play in space and you have a prospect who will be heavily scrutinized. Floyd’s lack of functionality could limit him to sub­-packages unless he proves he can add more beef to his frame.

Rob Rang at CBSSports.com  compared Floyd to Barkevious Mingo…

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.

Here is Floyd at his Combine news conference:

We’ll update this report after the the Bears talks to the media/


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