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Monday, February 27, 2012
MIchael Floyd impressing at combine

By Matt Fortuna

Since exiting Notre Dame's finale with a rib injury that kept him out of the Senior Bowl, Michael Floyd had been falling on most draft boards. That will likely change after a strong weekend showing at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

Floyd unofficially ran a 4.42 in the 40-yard dash, likely silencing whatever questions there may have been about his speed and helping his cause to be the No. 2 wide receiver taken in the draft, behind Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon. Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench writes: Insider
Notre Dame's Michael Floyd (6-2], 220) came in at 4.42, and both he and [Stephen] Hill caught the ball well during drills. Floyd is in the first-round mix at this point because of his elite ball skills down the field, but both he and Hill didn't sink their hips and cut as sharply as some of the other receivers.
Adds Todd McShay:
He is really good and has a little more explosiveness.

Former Irish right tackle Taylor Dever, meanwhile, finished fourth among offensive linemen in the 3-cone drill, completing it in 7.49 seconds.

Defensive backs won't work out until Tuesday, but former Irish safety Harrison Smith may have a potential first-round selection riding on his performance, Insider Mel Kiper says:
I have the safety out of Notre Dame with a potential first-round grade, but he can secure it if he shows off adequate speed and size for the position. His tape is outstanding, with great instincts for the position. It helps when athleticism proves to be a part of the equation.