With some big names left on the board, the Chicago Bears have selected Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd (6'5", 244 pounds) with their #9 overall pick.
While with Georgia, in three years Floyd amassed 17 sacks and 182 tackles. Mike Mayock had him rated as the 2nd best edge rusher behind Joey Bosa.
Floyd has an incredibly high upside, but has also been tabbed a "boom or bust" linebacker in this year's draft class. He isn't an in-the-box linebacker, but will be able to roam the field in defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's base 3-4, and will generate an aggressive pass rush from the outside.
Leonard Floyd will benefit greatly from playing across from Pernell McPhee, who will undoubtedly continue drawing double teams in passing situations.
Floyd is somewhat of a physical freak, at least according to his combine workout. At that size the dude ran a 4.6 flat 40-yard dash and had a vertical leap just under 40 inches high. His broad jump of 127 inches was also impressive and even more evidence of Floyd's weight room explosion.
I say weight room explosion because I didn't see damn near any of that shit on his tape. A guy that fast and that explosive in his testing should be hell on offensive tackles coming around the edge. While Floyd had a few plays here or there where he won with an edge rush around the corner, what I was more likely to see was him pushed past the level of the quarterback on those rushes instead.
What do you think of the Bears moving up to grab Floyd? Some are already saying it was a stretch play, while others are saying Ryan Pace has already earned enough credibility to do what he likes.
The Bears could have gone with CB Vernon Hargreaves, LB Myles Jack, or OT Laremy Tunsil... But they chose Floyd.