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More praise for Floyd, Smith

March, 1, 2012
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Strong performances at the NFL combine in Indianapolis may have been enough for Michael Floyd and Harrison Smith to solidify themselves as the second-best players at their respective positions.

Both Floyd and Smith come in at No. 2 among receivers and safeties, respectively, in Mel Kiper's top-five rankings by position this week Insider. Floyd jumped Baylor's Kendall Wright for the No. 2 spot this week behind Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon.

Alabama's Mark Barron remains the top safety.

In his weekly chat Wednesday, Kiper suggested the Chicago Bears could take Floyd with the 19th overall pick in next month's draft, adding that the former Notre Dame receiver improved his stock this past week.

Kiper also thinks Smith is a first-rounder, and he can't see the former Irish captain falling outside the first 40 picks.

With Barron not working out at the combine because of double-hernia surgery — which isn't expected to be a long-term concern — Smith took advantage of the spotlight, Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench said Insider:
Smith didn't have an elite workout, but he delivered exactly what you would expect from the best safety in attendance. He checked in at 6-1^ and an absolutely shredded 213 pounds and has long arms (32˝). He's fluid for his size, flips his hips quickly, and gets in and out of his pedal naturally. Smith attacked the ball nicely, and the 4.57 he ran in the 40 is very good for a safety his size. He's a top-50 player, for sure, and there's an outside chance he could come off the board late in the first round.

Michael Floyd falling on draft boards

February, 23, 2012
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Michael Floyd dropped two spots on Mel Kiper's Big Board this week and fell four spots on Todd McShay's draft board.

Kiper has Floyd at No. 20 , behind fellow wide receivers Justin Blackmon (No. 5) and Kendall Wright (No. 15).
Kiper: How fast he runs will be a big story in Indy. Floyd can do a lot; he's able to beat you short or deep. Has a big frame to beat smaller cornerbacks. Played at 227 pounds in 2010 but dropped a little weight this past season and played quicker.

Kiper has Floyd third among receivers on his top five by position list , behind Oklahoma State's Blackmon and Baylor's Wright. Kiper also has Harrison Smith as the No. 2 safety behind Alabama's Mark Barron, writing that Smith is right in the picture for a potential first-round selection.

McShay, meanwhile, has Floyd at No. 26 on his draft board , with Blackmon (No. 10) and Wright (No. 23) the only receivers ahead of him.
McShay: Floyd answered questions about his off-the-field character in 2011 and continued to use his size and ball skills to make plays downfield.

Floyd up one spot on McShay's board

February, 10, 2012
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Michael Floyd moved up one spot, to No. 18, on Todd McShay's draft board this week Insider.

Floyd is the second of three receivers on McShay's 32-man board, six spots behind Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon (No. 12) and two spots ahead of Baylor's Kendall Wright (No. 20), both of whom held steady on this week's board.

Floyd stayed at No. 24 on Mel Kiper's 25-man Big Board for the second straight week Insider, again behind Blackmon but ahead of Wright.
Michael Floyd comes in at No. 24 on Mel Kiper's Big Board for the second straight week.

Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon (No. 5) and Baylor's Kendall Wright (No. 17) were the only receivers who fared better.

Kiper was asked during Tuesday's chat if Floyd's stock was falling because he did not play in the Senior Bowl, but Kiper said that is not the case.
No, I don't think that's something that will make him plummet. I think he's the kind of guy that had a good year, a productive year. He caught some passes. You want to see him show some more aggressiveness. You want him to be the guy that wants to take over the game. He's in the top 25 on the Big Board. He's a mid to later first-round pick.

Meanwhile, Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench once again sees Floyd as a good fit on the New England Patriots , especially after their loss in the Super Bowl.

Floyd rising on draft boards

January, 13, 2012
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Michael Floyd has risen two spots this past week on each of ESPN.com's main draft boards.

The former Notre Dame wide receiver is up to Insider No. 20 on Mel Kiper's Big Board and Insider No. 18 on Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay's board.

Floyd is the third of three receivers on Kiper's 25-man Big Board, behind Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon (No. 5) and South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery (No. 14). He trails only Blackmon (No. 8) on McShay's 32-man board. Jeffery (No. 24) and Baylor's Kendall Wright (No. 28) also crack McShay's board.

The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft is Sunday. Kiper will release his first mock draft of the season next week.

Floyd holding steady on draft boards

January, 6, 2012
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Michael Floyd remains at No. 21 on Todd McShay's draft board and at No. 22 on Mel Kiper's Big Board, the same spots he held on each board last week.

McShay writes:
Floyd's size and ball skills make him an elite playmaker down the field, and off-field concerns seem to be behind him. He still must prove his suddenness as a route-runner, though.

McShay projects Floyd as the second of four wide receivers to be taken in the first round, behind only Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon, slated at No. 9. He has South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery at No. 27 and Baylor's Kendall Wright at No. 32.

Kiper, meanwhile, has Blackmon going four spots higher, at No. 5, with Jeffery ahead of Floyd at No. 14.

Floyd is the third of three receivers Kiper has on his 25-man list, writing:
Multidimensional receiver is able to beat you short or deep using a big frame to beat smaller cornerbacks. Played at 227 pounds in 2010 but dropped a little weight this season and does appear a little quicker.

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