His on-field maturity, physical nature and ability to make the big catch will outshine some off-field mishaps, as Floyd projects to be one of the top receivers off the board.
A receiver who is tough across the middle, Floyd will make the tough catch and get up-field. Floyd brings that No. 1 receiver presence to the next level and projects to produce to that standard. Floyd's explosiveness off the line and frame when catching balls make him a presence that is felt by opposing defenses.
As a blocker, Floyd will do more than just mirror defenders, as he will come down the line of scrimmage and crack linebackers. He is a red zone threat at any level and his projectability to the next level is a major key to his high draft value.
Floyd started 10 of the 11 games he played as a true freshman in 2008, setting records in first-year player receptions (44), receiving yards (719) and touchdown catches (seven). He missed the final two games of the regular season with an injured left knee. In 2009, he finished second on the team with 44-795-9 despite missing five games with a broken left collarbone suffered against Michigan State. And although he missed only one game as a junior and led the team with 79 catches for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns, he battled a hamstring injury throughout the season. His 6-109-2 performance against Miami (Fla.) in the Sun Bowl showed scouts what he can do when healthy.
His prototypical size and strength make him an intriguing prospect, but the injury history, run-ins with the law on alcohol-related charges, and average speed could keep him from being a top 10 pick. Some scouts will see former first-round pick Dwayne Bowe when watching Floyd's tape, which isn't a bad thing considering Bowe's breakout 2010 season.
Release: Does not explode off the line of scrimmage and runs with long strides. His size and strength make him tough to press, however, and he is capable of separating with physicality -- but not pure speed.
Hands: Has strong hands, but scouts have questions about his consistency as a receiver. Excellent vertical and ability to adjust to high throws, also snatches wide throws near the sideline or over the middle. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder (or head), though he will lose sideline awareness in some cases. Needs to extend his hands in front of him on straight-on throws instead of letting the ball hit his chest. Loses concentration when playing against physical corners or trying to make a play after the catch.
Route Running: Needs to tighten up his routes, but has the quick feet and balance to cut or come back to the ball. Should excel in a West Coast or timing-type of offense. Lines up at every receiver position to take advantage of the best matchup. Solid threat on slants, shallow crosses and in the red zone, presents nice target to his quarterback. Takes hits over the middle and hangs on. Takes advantage of his frame to create separation after his cuts, though he tends to round them. Inconsistent coming back to the quarterback if the play extends.
After the Catch: More of a bull than a cheetah. Will not outrun NFL defensive backs, but has more than enough speed to turn short passes into long gains when his quarterback leads him. Can make a quick inside move on out route to get additional yardage, but won't outrun NFL defenders from a standstill. Looks best when plowing over corners one-on-one in space or carrying multiple defenders down the middle. Used on quick screens because of his strength against smaller cornerbacks, shows a bit of a burst once past his man in those situations.
Blocking: Has the size to handle defensive backs, but needs to be more consistent here to give backs a chance to break off big runs. When ready to go on screens and run plays to his side, he is capable of a strong punch and sustaining the block. Often misses his target or fails to sustain by not giving full effort if the play is designed to go away from him.
Intangibles: Arrested three times on alcohol-related charges while at Notre Dame: cited for underage consumption in two incidents in Minnesota (May 2009, January 2010) and for drunken driving in March 2011 on campus. Missed most of 2009 with a broken left collarbone and the final two regular-season contests of 2008 with a left knee injury."
He showcases impressive overall body control and balance as a route runner and knows how to set up defenders and cleanly change directions out of his breaks. Displays a real suddenness to his game for such a physical specimen and really impressed me with his overall lateral coordination on all levels of the field.
Plus, he's a load to bring down after the catch and runs with great power, accelerating quickly into daylight.
Has the ability to make plays vertically down the field, eats up the cushion quickly off the line for a guy his size and has a bit of a second gear once he gets into his stride. The further he gets down the field the harder he is to cover, as he does a great job locating the football quickly, high pointing the throw and coming down with the catch.
Now he does lack elite straight-line speed, but because of his power and overall acceleration for his size, he's still very tough to stay with when asked to get vertical.
Got himself into trouble during his time at Notre Dame with his latest arrest coming in June of 2011 on a drunken driving charge, his third alcohol related offense since 2009.
He looked to get a bit bulky as a junior in 2010, which tightened him up in the hips, as he didn't' generate the same type of separation in the three-step game and/or down the field as he did in 2009.
It will be interesting to see what weight he comes in at as a senior because he was much more effective in all areas of the game under the 227-pound mark he played at in 2010.
Nevertheless, he still uses his body extremely well in order to go pluck the football and has long arms, strong hands and impressive range off his frame when asked to go make a play. He can be effective in tight areas and use his size to win match-ups even when covered up.
Impression: Didn't seem quite as dynamic as a receiver when he bulked up in 2010. However, has looked sudden, explosive and showcased the ability to separate quickly and create after the catch as a senior. Is not only one of the draft's top receiving prospects, but one of the top prospects overall."
Route Running: Floyd has experience running an NFL route tree as he was coached by Charlie Weis for two seasons. He gets into his routes quickly and is patient and precise in setting up his breaks. He is a factor in all areas of the field…excels down the field on vertical routes by using his big body, willing to go over the middle, and is a major threat in the redzone. He beats defenders off the line of scrimmage and is tough to jam. He uses his hands so well at the line that he often wins the route before it starts.
After the Catch: Maybe Floyd’s most underrated skill is what he can do in the open field. He plays faster than his timed speed. He’s solid frame allows him to shed tacklers in the open field and has the agility to make defenders miss in one-on-one situations. I think he’s a solid option for a West Coast team predicated on short, underneath routes that rely on yards after the catch as he uses his body and surprising burst to make you miss.
Athleticism: Floyd is more of a slow-twitch athlete that lacks the elite athleticism of some of the other receivers in this draft. Because of this he is limited and most likely won’t have value as a big play threat in the NFL. He carries a lot of weight on his frame at almost 230 pounds and may be better off shedding a few pounds to the 220 range.
Bottom Line: Floyd will be hampered by his lack of athleticism/big play ability and past off-the-field indiscretions. He will have to answer in interviews about the three alcohol related offenses since 2009 and two in a 14-month time period. I think he’s an ideal fit for team looking for a big body possession guy or in the WC offense working the underneath of defenses.
Draft Projection: Top 20 selection."
Has the size and post-up skills to be effective intermediate and tracking.
Also possesses the body control, leaping ability and competitiveness to be effective deep.
Has a skill set reminiscent of Keyshawn Johnson, though three alcohol-related incidents will prompt investigation into his character and long-term dependability.
Lacks separation speed, yet shows great field awareness and stands out most for his ability to overpower defensive backs and make contested catches.
Must mature and prove that he can take more responsibility for his off-field actions."
As an athlete, Floyd doesn't have the speed or leaping ability seen in many top wide receivers. Floyd has been suspended by indefinitely after getting a DUI, his third alcohol-related offense at Notre Dame. Head coach Brian Kelly has said that if Floyd has another slip-up, he'll be kicked off the team.
Floyd finished the 2010 season with 79 receptions for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns. They were impressive numbers given Notre Dame's shaky quarterback play last season. He strongly considered entering the 2011 NFL Draft.
Bold Statement: Floyd won't be a top 20 pick in next year's draft.
Games Viewed: (All 2010) Michigan, Stanford, Utah, USC, Miami
• Long speed may only be above average. Won't be a deep vertical threat in the NFL.
• May not have the best vertical leap and has to use his body to create space in the air.
• Shows good body control to maneuver his frame to make a play on the ball. This has been especially helpful at Notre Dame where the quarterback play has been lacking.
• Gets off the line of scrimmage with ease. Has a nice first step and doesn't waste motion. Against bump coverage, Floyd has the strength to move cornerbacks around.
• Really attacks the ball when its in the air. Instead of waiting for it to come to him, Floyd will often extend his arms to make a play on the ball.
• Likes to push off on the cornerback when the ball approaches. While that may fly in college football, it could get him in trouble in the NFL.
• Works the underneath routes really well. When he's in the short area, Floyd can really on his foot quickness and size to pick apart defenses. Excels against zone.
• After the catch, Floyd has to do better carrying the ball. He often carries the ball outside his frame which could lead to fumbles.
• With his continued trouble with alcohol, some teams will seriously question Floyd's character.
• Has had some issues with injuries. Missed four games in 2009 with a broken collarbone. Sat out the final three games of 2008 with a leg injury."
When healthy is a match-up nightmare for opposing defenses; big, physical receiver who uses size well to create space for himself; not a burner but has decent speed with a projected 40-time in the low 4.5 range; long strider can get deep; has averaged just under 15 yards per catch in his career and scored 28 times;
Also has excellent hands and will make the tough catch in traffic, although he will lose focus at times; good blocker; had 79 catches for over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns last season despite missing one game."
Good initial burst off the line of scrimmage... Gets into his routes quickly... Solid runner in the open field, strong and can shed tacklers and also has some wiggle to him... Willing to make catches in the middle of the field...
Catches the ball at its highest point... Regarded higher than former teammate Golden Tate who was a second round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft... Good red zone target, big frame and can out jump smaller defenders in the end zone... Has knowledge of how pro-style offenses work after playing for Charlie Weis his first two seasons.
Negatives: Had some leg issues during his freshman season... Missed time in 2009 due to a broken collarbone... Has had some fumbling issues in the past, carries the ball too far away from his body after he catches it...
Not very explosive, is more of a slow-twitch athlete... May carry too much weight for his frame, lacks some flexibility and big play ability... Will be more of a possession receiver at the next level, had only two receptions in 2010 that went for over 35 yards."
He’s an enticing target that uses his body to shield away opponents and effectively blocks off the line of scrimmage when necessary. Floyd shows deceptive speed on the field yet is not a true burner.
His return from injury, which forced him to the sidelines part of last season, is long awaited."
A very reliable receiver who can work defenses anywhere on the field. He is very good at the point of attack and displays a great knack at beating press coverage. Whether it is using his hands to disengage or simply shielding defenders away from the ball, Floyd can separate from his man in short spaces.
Gifted with long arms and the ability to climb the ladder, he can make plays on deep balls. He is not blessed with elite speed, but can adequately challenge corners down the field.
Durability and character concerns may end up hurting his draft stock. He was arrested for a DUI in 2010 and was charged with underage drinking the year before. Notre Dame opted to suspend him during their summer practices.
At the next level, he projects as an above average No. 2 receiver. He lacks the necessary explosion off the line and suddenness in his route running to be a true top-flight receiver. He will need to get stronger in his lower body since he is an average blocker, at best. Given his size and frame, the potential is there for a good NFL career."
Entering his junior season Floyd stands out as one of the elite prospects in the 2011 NFL Draft in terms of upside, making him a possible top-10 pick if he declares following the 2010 campaign. His combination of football instincts, pro-style offense experience, a limitless route tree, exceptional athleticism and incredible hands make him a unique prospect at the position. He enters the season behind fellow juniors A.J. Green and Junior Jones, but that does not mean the Notre Dame product can’t emerge as the top wide receiver prospect in next year’s draft. Floyd has the potential to quickly become an elite number one receiver in the NFL and a quarterback’s best friend for a decade. More important than putting up gaudy numbers in Brian Kelly’s pass-happy offense, Floyd needs to prove to the scouting community that his previous injuries were fluky and not a forewarning of an injury-plagued career."