Leonard Floyd | University of Georgia
Floyd is considered the top outside linebacker in the 2016 NFL draft. His combination of size and athleticism makes him an intriguing first round talent for most NFL teams. For this reason, the Indianapolis Colts could take him with the 18th pick overall.
Floyd has certainly backed up all the praise scouts have about him. He showcased his physical gifts with impressive performances at the scouting combine and at his Pro Day at the University of Georgia.
The one knock on Floyd is some draft analysts think he underachieved. As three-year starter with the Bulldogs, Floyd only accumulated 17.0 career sacks, and his season total decreased every season (from 6.5 to 6.0 to 4.5). Also, scouts were perplexed at why Floyd sometimes lined up as an inside linebacker in the Bulldogs’ defensive scheme.
With Floyd’s physical gifts, he should have been much more dominate in college. This should be a real concern for the Colts because the last thing they need is another underachieving outside linebacker. They already cut ties with one underachieving linebacker in Bjoern Werner. They cannot afford to be wrong about Floyd.
The Colts have shown they are interested in Floyd because they have already privately met with him outside of his pro day and the combine. It remains to be seen if the Colts want to take him in the first round though. If the Colts can bring out his full potential, Floyd is an obvious fit for them. However, if they have any sort of questions about him, it would not be surprising if they look elsewhere.
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