Word of Michael Floyd's excellence is spreading fast.
About a month ago, I touted Floyd as the best wide receiver in the 2012 NFL Draft. With another strong showing at the University of Notre Dame's Pro Day this week, Floyd is starting to work his way into the discussion as the draft's top pass catcher among the masses.
The question now becomes, will he come off the board in the top ten picks? And will he be drafted before Justin Blackmon?
With nearly every team in the top ten picks in need of a wide receiver, it shouldn't be a shock to anyone if both Floyd and Blackmon are gone by the time the Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock. Wide receiver has become close to a premiere position in today's pass-oriented NFL.
Big Cat Country's Alfie Crow posted an excellent breakdown of Floyd today. The former Domer has better size, speed and hands than Blackmon, and both have DUI's under their belt, so the character concerns should be there for both players.
Stats are what separates the two. Blackmon piled up insane numbers in Oklahoma State's spread offense with Brandon Weeden efficiently slinging the rock all over the field. Floyd put up respectable numbers with one of the nation's most erratic passers in Tommy Reese. It's absurd to put too much stock into the stats.
Floyd's 40-time and Pro Day performance shouldn't be reason for drafting him in the top-ten. But his continued strong effort shows his dedication to football, which has steadily increased since this past fall when he was reinstated to play his senior season for the Irish. Character shouldn't be a concern for a wide receiver-needy team drafting in the top ten in April.
The one red flag with Floyd is durability. He was constantly fighting injuries during his time at Notre Dame, and that has to be troubling for a team investing so much in his services. Injuries are tough to predict, and the ones Floyd has encountered don't have much long-term effect on his abilities. But still, the injury-prone tag will follow him around until he proves he can stay on the field.
Floyd has the ability to be an elite player in the National Football League. And elite wide receivers do not grow on trees. For a team that lacks a playmaker at the position, passing up on the chance to draft one is a risky proposition.