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2016 NFL Draft: Chicago jump up to grab Leonard Floyd with pick #9

Pick AnalysisWith the 9th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears select Leonard Floyd, EDGE, Georgia. V


Pick Analysis

With the 9th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears select Leonard Floyd, EDGE, Georgia. Vick Fangio’s defense is reliant on a destructive pass rush, and since the Bears moved to his 3-4 scheme, they’ve been lacking a pass rush. Floyd is possibly the best pure pass rusher in this draft and that has definitely pushed him up the draft board. Currently, he is a great athlete with the tools that teams look for, but he is a little skinny and he isn’t able to set the edge in the run game. He won’t be a three down player early for the Bears, he’ll be a situational pass rusher, the Bears just have to hope he develops into the player his abilities suggest. (Remy Cabache)

Player Analysis

It’s been a bit of an up and down career for Floyd in college.  After impressing early as a redshirt freshman in 2013, tallying 9.5 TFLs, 6.5 sacks and 16 QB pressures, he took quite a step back in 2014.  Rather than taking his game to the next level, he stalled.  On top of the numbers taking a slight dip (8.5 TFLs, 6 sacks, 12 pressures), he was even dropped from the starting lineup and lost significant reps to more effective teammates.  Floyd had been hoping to take an early leap to the NFL after his rSo season but wisely returned this year to try and do better, and to also get fully back from surgery on a shoulder that had been bothering him much of the season.  His role changed in 2015 on the defence to more of an off-ball linebacker than an edge rusher, albeit with only moderate success (despite solid tackles stats), at times not looking entirely comfortable in space.  His natural abilities are certainly more suited to rushing the passer, where his speed and 6ft 6 length can be best put to use.  However, his lean frame lacks ideal strength and muscle that led to being neutralised at times if he can’t win early in his rush attempts.  Right now, Floyd is more athlete than football player who has some bust potential.  There’s raw ability there though to be untapped and developed, and there’s no questioning his effort level which was on show each play.  That will encourage that he will put the time in to work at his game and become a more consistent playmaker. (Rebecca Rennie)

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2016 NFL Draft: Chicago jump up to grab Leonard Floyd with pick #9

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