The three-year starter at Georgia decided to forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft, as many expected. Floyd enjoyed a great career in Athens where he made a name for himself as an explosive defender for Dawg Nation. While his stock seems to be locked into the first round, he faces a lot of question marks in his transition to the next level. Take a look at our scouting report below.
Name: Leonard Floyd
Projection: Late 1st Round
Comparison: Barkevious Mingo
- Quick first step
- Natural bend
- Lateral quickness
- Thin frame
- Takes poor angles
- Too antsy at times
Watching Floyd on film, the first thing that jumps out at you is his frame. While he brings great length and height to the table, he has an extremely thin frame, let’s just say he skips leg day. If he is going to be successful at the next level, it’s vital that he fills out more and adds more strength. Otherwise, his pass rushing skills won’t translate to the NFL. He’s very comparable to former top 10 pick Barkevious Mingo, someone who has struggled thus far in his transition.
As far as his strengths go, Floyd is incredibly athletic. He has an incredible first step and natural bend which allows him to be more explosive. Floyd displays great lateral quickness. He has smooth footwork which helps him in coverage. Georgia moved Floyd all over the defense during his career, and even would have him run downfield in man coverage.
Floyd’s versatility would give defensive coordinators a lot of flexibility when implementing him into the scheme. Ideally, he’d be best fit as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He has huge potential as a pass rusher and excels in coverage. Assuming he bulks up he could fit as a 4-3 defensive end, but it’d be better to use him the way he was mostly used in college.
At times Floyd looks too antsy and jittery which forces him to be out of position, it would be better for him to sit back and diagnose the play. He tends to take poor angles and isn’t a reliable tackler.
Let’s talk more about pass rush. Some will rave about Floyd’s pass rushing ability, but I’m not sold on it. There’s no doubt he possesses tons of potential, in that area of his game, but his size really concerns me. Also, look at his production, his sack totals regressed every year and he never surpassed 7 in a season. His length and explosiveness make him disruptive, but his pass rush as a whole needs more polishing.
I personally wouldn’t touch Floyd with a first round pick, I just believe there’s too much risk involved. I think of him more as a luxury pick for a team who could stand to develop him.