Could Floyd stay in Midwest?

December, 21, 2011
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Notre Dame fans scattered across the Midwest had to be happy today when looking at Todd McShay's initial first-round draft projections .

McShay has Irish receiver Michael Floyd being selected 19th overall -- by none other than the Chicago Bears.

Here's McShay's take:
The Bears haven't take a receiver in the first round since David Terrell in 2001, and I understand their hesitation to draft wideouts so high. However, they must find weapons for QB Jay Cutler, and Roy Williams clearly doesn't make the cut. Floyd seems to have put off-field issues behind him, and his size and ability to play the deep ball make him an attractive option.

Having seen the Bears up-close Sunday, I can't say I disagree with McShay's assessment or the fit. Of course, it's only December, meaning plenty can change in terms of draft stock and selection order.

Floyd is the second of four receivers McShay projects for the first round. Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon (projected No. 9 to the Carolina Panthers) is the first receiver McShay has getting drafted.

Matt Fortuna | email

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