Draft profile: WR Michael Floyd

April, 12, 2012
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Over the next two weeks, up until draft day, we'll examine players the Jets could select, focusing primarily on the first round (16th overall).

Player: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

Height/weight: 6-foot-2 1/2, 220 pounds

Scouts Inc. ranking: 18

Draft projection: First round (7th to 19th)

Scouting report: Floyd has what the Jets want -- size and speed. At his pro day, he ran the 40 in 4.47 seconds, easing concerns about his speed. He impressed with his quickness off the line of scrimmage. He has very good ball skills and shows a willingness to catch the ball in traffic. He has long arms (32.7 inches) and strong hands. He was a highly productive receiver, recording 1,025 and 1,147 yards in each of his last two seasons. If there's a knock on Floyd, it's that he's not elusive in space, allowing the first tackler to take him down. He also has to improve his separation skills. He has straight-line speed, but needs to get better in and out of his cuts.

Key stat: Surprisingly, Floyd had only one reception of more than 35 yards last season -- a 56-yarder against Navy. And that came on a blown coverage.

Red flags: Floyd was involved in three alcohol-related runs-ins with the law during his college career. He was arrested twice for underage drinking in his home state of Minnesota and was charged last spring with a DUI in South Bend. He pleaded guilty in June on misdemeanor charges and was sentenced to a year's probation. He was suspended by the team for spring football and stripped of his captaincy, but did not miss any games. He was required to attend alcohol-related classes in school, including a course on the perils of DWI.

In his own words: "Just immaturity (referring to his off-the-field problems). You know, people all the time have mistakes like this. Unfortunately, it happened to me on a big stage going across the nation. It’s about moving forward. It’s about making sure you don’t make the same mistake again. And just keeping a positive head and staying on the positive side of things ... I went to alcohol classes at school with a certain counselor with a whole bunch of kids from Notre Dame that were kind of going through some problems, too. It was a good experience and I liked it."






Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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