Friday, February 24, 2012
NFL-bound Floyd says he's matured
By Jeff Dickerson
INDIANAPOLIS -- A two-time 1,000-yard receiver during a distinguished four-year career at Notre Dame, wide receiver Michael Floyd spent the bulk of his allotted media time Friday at the NFL combine answering questions about his past off-the-field problems with alcohol.
Michael Floyd said he is telling NFL teams he has grown from his alcohol-related incidents while at Notre Dame.
Floyd was twice cited for drinking underage and was arrested in the spring of 2011 for drunken driving. He was suspended by Irish coach Brian Kelly for the latter infraction and rejoined the team before the start of his final season in South Bend. Kelly required Floyd to attend alcohol education classes on the Notre Dame campus and maintain a certain grade-point average, before the receiver was allowed back on the team.
"You tell the teams you've grown from it, that it's a mistake that happened in the past," Floyd said. "That you are moving forward. I think I've grown a lot. Coming into the NFL, I think you have to mature a great deal. It's a professional sport, and you have to act like a professional."
Floyd, projected in several mock drafts to be selected in the first round by the Bears at No. 19, was asked if his past "immature" behavior will hurt his draft stock.
"I don't know. All I can do is be honest and tell them exactly what happened in my past and go from there," Floyd said.
The receiver is fully recovered from a rib injury he suffered in the Irish's bowl game that forced him to skip the Senior Bowl back in January. Floyd will participate in all the combine drills this week and is eager to showcase his speed for the NFL talent evaluators.
"I'm doing all the drills, and I'm excited to be in this position to showcase my talent," Floyd said. "I'm comfortable in all different positions ... the slot or outside. It's just making sure I understand the whole offensive scheme and the route concepts. At Notre Dame, it wasn't too hard for me."
The 6-foot-3 wideout, who set a Notre Dame record with 37 career touchdown receptions, set personal highs last season with 100 catches for 1,147 yards.
As for being linked to the Bears, Floyd was noncommittal during a chat with ESPNChicago.com at the Super Bowl earlier in the month.
"It's a great feeling just knowing that all the fans you have in Chicago ... of course Notre Dame is so close and has so many fans in Chicago. It's a great feeling," Floyd said. "But you never know with mock drafts. I'm looking forward to this upcoming month and just showing everybody my talent and what I have to bring to an NFL team.
"Jay Cutler is a great quarterback. He knows everything, and what I like the most, he's a leader on that team. He knows where to get the ball at times. He's a good judgment guy. I really like him for that."