Michael Floyd the Norte Dame Wide Receiver is one of the top prospects in the 2012 N.F.L. draft. A very productive player who has the size/speed combination that all teams desire in wide receiver prospects. Floyd though, has gotten himself attached to the dreaded “character concerns” label because of drinking and driving. You think your drinking and driving targets might set you back, imagine potentially losing millions of dollars because you can’t call for a Taxi. Come on’ man. Anyway, let’s get to the player.
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PROS: Perfect size, deceptive speed/quickness…does a great job of shielding the defender…sure handed…playmaker…nose for the end zone…has experience in both pro style and spread offense now…really the total package in terms of a WR, QB’s best friend…consistent performer…doesn’t shrink against top competition…plus at reading coverages…can catch the ball in traffic…routinely makes spectacular catches…catches the ball at its highest point…good blocker
CONS: Character concerns (DUI’s)…has also missed at least one game in 2008, 2009, and 2010 due to injury (2011 season is currently on-going)…doesn’t have elite straight line speed…doesn’t offer anything in the return game (well I wrote that and then his first punt return went 40 something yards)
Player comparison: Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
The reason I compare Floyd to Fitzgerald is because of the way that he can go up and catch the football consistently at its highest point. Now Fitzgerald was considered a model citizen, hard working, natural leader heading into the league and we know that dedication to football is half the battle in the N.F.L. But the way they play is very similar. This guy is an absolute monster when the ball is in the air…he’s coming down with it. He also has similar size (he’s actually a bit bigger). Fitzgerald only ran a 4.63 40 yard dash at his combine and Floyd will run there or faster.
It doesn’t mean Floyd will become the player Fitzgerald is because I like I said a lot of that is predicated on dedication, hard work and keeping focus. Can Floyd do that? If he, can some team has a true #1 WR.
Michael Floyd is an absolute monster. He has great size, he catches everything thrown his way. He can run with the ball in his hands. What separates him from most wide receivers his is ability to catch the football with people draped all over him and with his ability to get the ball always at its highest point. Floyd has the ability to be a monster in the Red-zone and is a number one WR in the N.F.L. I love him as a prospect. Of course the “character concerns” always bother you, but his talent on the field is top rate.
If his head his on straight Floyd is the best WR in the 2012 draft
Michael Floyd Highlights
Floyd vs South Florida
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