ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper dropped his latest mock draft (Version 4.0) and he has the Chicago Bears going in a direction that is starting to pick up some steam around the draftniks, Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd.
Even though I had Floyd going to the Bears in my last mock (Chicago Bears 7 Round Mock Draft Version 2.0), I had him coming off the board in a trade down scenario at 29. I think 11 is a little high for a player that probably only plays on obvious passing downs as a rookie. But he would bring an element of speed to the Bears pass rush, and that's something they are lacking right now.
Floyd is just a little too slight at 244 pounds, on his 6'6" frame, to hold the edge or to be effective in the run game. His strength has been brought into question too after he passed on the bench press at the NFL Combine and at his pro day.
Here's what Kiper said about Floyd going to the Bears at 11.
Sticking with the same pick here from the previous mock. The Bears did a nice job in free agency at inside linebacker, but Floyd is the edge defender who could really help early in passing downs.
Floyd is an explosive athlete, he had 26.5 tackles for loss and 17.0 sacks in his three year career. He also showed an ability to cover, so he's not a one trick pony. Here are his measurables courtesy of mockdraftable.com.
Since Kiper's mock is behind a pay wall, we can't show you the entire thing, but here are a few players that are still on the board for the Bears.
Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
A'Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama
What are your thoughts on Floyd going to the Bears at 11?