Floyd could help nearby teams

February, 17, 2012
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Football Outsiders took a look Friday at the needs of NFC North teams in the upcoming draft Insider. As many have said all along, the Chicago Bears could be looking for a wide receiver, and they may not need to look far.
As for the receiver class, Notre Dame's Michael Floyd is likely to be in play with the 19th pick. Floyd is a bit tight in his routes and lacks ideal suddenness so this might be a bit rich for him, but his downfield ball skills are second-to-none. He's a physical receiver who tracks the ball well and uses his 6-3, 229-pound frame to his advantage in jump ball situations, and Floyd would give strong-armed Bears QB Jay Cutler the quality vertical target he needs.

Earlier this week, Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl examined the Indianapolis Colts' other needs besides a potential new quarterback Insider. He thinks Floyd could help the Colts should they somehow be in position to pick the former Irish wideout.
Colts WRs Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon are headed for free agency, so Indianapolis might also opt to add a weapon for Luck in the passing game. To that end, Baylor's Kendall Wright would provide a dynamic presence on the outside as the kind of receiver who can make things happen after the catch. Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd would also be a consideration should he fall on draft weekend, and he or South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery could provide a big target and ability to stretch the field and make plays in one-on-one situations.

Matt Fortuna | email

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