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Road to the Draft: Michael Floyd

Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
6-foot-3, 220 pounds
Draft projection: First round.

Lowdown: Floyd is a big, physical, fast receiver with good hands. He figures to go in the top 21 of the first round, and he has the athleticism to creep into the top 10. He finished his college career with a flourish, closing his senior year with 100 catches for 1,147 yards and nine touchdowns. That came after a super junior year in which he caught 79 passes for 1,025 yards and 12 TDs. However, he’s not quite as sure-fire an NFL prospect as A.J. Green and Julio Jones were last year. Floyd was arrested in March 2011 for drunken driving. He also was cited for underage drinking in separate incidents in 2009 and 2010. He said he has learned his lesson from those arrests. On the field, Floyd has great run-after-the-catch ability. He ran a surprisingly good 40 time at the NFL Scouting Combine (4.46 seconds). Nevertheless, he did not often show separation speed deep like Green and Jones. But Floyd does use his size and athleticism to go up and get the ball well. Comparing him to Green and Jones may be nit-picking. He’s a dynamic outside receiver, somewhat in the mold of Tampa’s Vincent Jackson. The question of whether the Bills should strongly consider him at No. 10 is worth debating.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper considers Floyd a middle-of-the-first-round talent.

“The quarterback play was less than stellar,” Kiper said on a conference call for reports. “I just want to see a little more want-to, to want to go get the ball, to want to be the guy, to take over games. I don’t know if Michael realizes how talented he is. … I think if he can do that, then he has a chance to be one heckuva player. … I don’t know if he had that mentality at Notre Dame, and I don’t know if the quarterbacks allowed him to because they weren’t that good.”

---Mark Gaughan

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