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2016 NFL Draft Profile: Leonard Floyd, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

Gilberry is gone and Margus Hunt hasn’t shown improvement. Marvin Lewis loves drafting players from the University of Georgia. Should the Bengals consider drafting outside rusher Leonard Floyd if he falls to them?

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The Bengals have a pair of solid defensive ends with Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson, but Johnson has never been a great pass rusher. Could Leonard Floyd be a Best Player Available selection for the Bengals, and provide depth with the loss of Wallace Gilberry, and the apparent lack of improvement from Margus Hunt? Floyd is a bit on the skinny side, but could potentially provide the pass rush in a rotation, that Johnson has failed to deliver.

Leonard Floyd

Height: 6’6"

Weight: 244 lbs

Class: Junior

40-Yard Dash: 4.60 seconds

Vertical Jump: 39.5"

Broad Jump: 127"

NFL comparisons:

Eli Harold (NFL)

College Stats:

Year Games Tackles TFL’s Sacks
2013 13 55 9.5 6.5
2014 11 55 8.5 6
2015 13 72 10.5 4.5
Career 37 182 28.5 15

Important Notes:

  • Suffered a shoulder injury, which required surgery and cost him a chance to play in Georgia’s bowl game in 2014

Scouting Report Consensus - What to like:

  • Long, fast and athletic
  • Good change of direction speed for a tall player
  • Great chase and pursuit speed
  • Successful at squeezing thru gaps in blocking to get into backfield
  • Possesses a variety of moves to get to the backfield

Scouting Report Consensus - What to not like:

  • Too undersized to set the edge
  • Loses battle at the point of attack
  • Struggles to shed blocks
  • Is more of a drag down tackler than a straight-on hitter

Projected Round:



A lot about Floyd just seems to scream, "Dion Jordan". Both guys had the same size and speed at the combine, as fast and lanky outside rushers. Both came out of successful college football programs, and neither put up very exciting production at the college level.

Floyd’s limitations seem to peg him as a rotational pass rusher in the NFL, and not a three down defensive end.