Leonard Floyd was drafted in the first round (9th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft, and Chicago Bears fans had mixed reactions when his name was called on draft day.
But Floyd has fit in since day one with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, and has only gotten better as the season has rolled along. Floyd has registered 6.5 sacks in his last five games, prior to Sunday.
On Sunday versus the Detroit Lions, folks on Twitter shared their thoughts on the Bears rookie.
Leonard Floyd is a damn terror. Oh my god.— Robert Zeglinski (@RobertZeglinski) December 11, 2016
The more I watch, the more I love Leonard Floyd #CHIvsDET— Karli Bell (@KarliBell33) December 11, 2016
Leonard Floyd can do it all, can't he?— cover32 Bears (@cover32_CHI) December 11, 2016
Leonard Floyd is best young player that nobody is talking about. Will have 100+ sacks in career. #CHIvsDET— James Clauberg (@JamesClauberg12) December 11, 2016
Leonard Floyd is the real deal.— TJS (@tommy_schultz) December 11, 2016
Leonard Floyd is there on every single play.— Tyler Volz (@TheTylerVolz) December 11, 2016
Man, Leonard Floyd has no quit. His motor is off the charts. #Bears— ryan (@ryanwanders) December 11, 2016
Leonard Floyd is a BEAST! I think we found our Clay Matthews but better— ComfortablyNumb (@boaz_yah) December 11, 2016
Leonard Floyd applies pressure every single pass play— Bear Down 2016 (@BearDownCT) December 11, 2016
Leonard Floyd keeps getting better each week. He is so disruptive on nearly every pass play. #Bears— Dean Lamb (@DeanWLamb) December 11, 2016
Leonard Floyd out there looking like Usain Bolt #BearsVsLions— Penelope (@7millicent) December 11, 2016
Leonard Floyd is really good y'all— Stephen Letizia (@StephenLetizia) December 11, 2016
Leonard Floyd is all over the place— Nate Greabe (@ngreabe) December 11, 2016
Leonard Floyd is a monster— Ryan Nordin (@AirNordin23) December 11, 2016
leonard floyd is a freak lmao.— J.Blake (@JoshiieB_) December 11, 2016
I love Leonard Floyd's hustle— I HATE RUSS (@Butler_Did_It) December 11, 2016
Leonard Floyd gets to qb every week no matter what. Draft experts thought we reached but the Bears could have a potential superstar imo.— Austin Bradford (@ABradford_OTF) December 11, 2016
Looks like people are liking the rookie... We are too.
And none of this is a surprise to experts who scouted him at college. Here’s an example from PFF:
What he does best:
• Freakish first step and burst off the edge. Forces offensive tackles to alter their angles
• Positional flexibility. 61 percent of snaps lined up on the edge. 29 percent as an off ball linebacker. 10 percent lined up over the slot
• Deadly inside counter move and inside spin move. Often times executed it so flawlessly he’d go untouched
• Fantastic run and chase player. Can track down wide runs from the backside when on line of scrimmage and beats linemen trying to cut him off on the backside when playing off the ball
And here’s what WalterFootball said:
Summary: Over the past three years, Floyd was one of the most consistent edge rushers in the SEC. He didn't produce huge sack totals, but Floyd was a constant sources of pass pressure on the quarterback. Other prospects like Ohio State's Joey Bosa and Oregon's DeForest Buckner have gotten more attention, but in speaking with scouts, none of them would be surprised if Floyd ends up being the top quarterback-hunter to come out of the draft class.
We like Floyd, too. Good job rook!