The Chicago Bears this off-season have focused on rebuilding the defensive front seven. They've made a number of moves in free agency, which includes signing the top two inside linebackers on the market, but the product is not yet finished.
In the first round of this year's draft, there's a good chance GM Ryan Pace will continue to fortify his defensive front.
With that in mind, I broke down game film of Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd, who is one of the top edge rushers in the 2016 class.
OLB Leonard Floyd, Georgia (6-6, 244) Junior, Age: 23
A three-year starter for the Bulldogs, Floyd led Georgia's defense in sack all three seasons. In 2015, he tied for the team lead with 10.5 tackles for loss, for which he was named a finalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker. He had knee surgery at the end of the 2014 season. Tallied 17 sacks during his collegiate career.
40-yard dash: 4.60
Vertical jump: 39.5 inches
Broad jump: 10-7
He was Top 10 among combine linebackers in all three drills.
Pro Day Results
Vertical jump: 35 inches
20-yard shuttle: 4.32
3-cone drill: 7.18
-Extremely versatile defender. Played 4-3 ILB, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 DE, 3-4 OLB and 3-4 ILB.
-Comes off the edge as if shot out of a cannon. Speed rusher with the ability to easily dip and turn the corner. Outstanding counter move he uses after setting up blocker with his edge rush. Quick swim move.
-Has enough upper-body power to plow through blockers once he gains leverage.
-Uses arms and hands very well to create separation. Easily sheds blocks.
-Very aware defender who keeps his eyes in the backfield. Tracks ball carriers well.
-Plays with fire. Always gives full effort in pursuit. He can be dangerous from the backside if unblocked.
-Quick feet and agile. Can sidestep cut blocks.
-Good closing burst. Long strides help him close ground in a hurry.
-Experienced in coverage. Looks comfortable in zone sets. Has experience covering slot. Quick hips and feet allow him to turn and run with tight ends. His height is an advantage in coverage.
-Unpredictable pass rusher. His length makes life miserable for opposing blockers.
-A little thin. Once bigger blockers get into his chest, he's done.
-Doesn't bring much pop. More of a finesse player.
-Not a consistent tackler.
-Needs to relax on the field. Gets into pushing matches at the slightest provocation. Talks too much.
Is Floyd worth the 11th overall pick in the draft?
Floyd is a rare breed. He can play multiple positions, and he plays all of them well. His best fit is at 3-4 OLB, an area in which the Bears could use some speed. Yet Floyd can also line up at inside linebacker or with his hand in the dirt. His positional flexibility is one of his best assets.
He sheds blocks with ease and does so while keeping his eyes in the backfield. Most of the time, it appears he's not even trying when he disengages from offensive linemen and tight ends. In fact, tight ends have very little chance of keeping him locked up. When Floyd is blocked, he doesn't stay tied up for long.
Floyd has great on-field character, in that he gives full effort on every play, even those run away from him. He pursues until the whistle and has an obvious passion for the game. He has no issue doing the dirty work of taking on blocks at the point of attack, yet he's wiry enough to still fight through and make plays. His thin frame allows him to slip through tiny cracks.
Floyd brings ideal awareness to the field. He can work through the wash of bodies with ease and rarely gets tripped up in pursuit. He has outstanding playing speed and can run stride for stride with tight ends. He does very well stringing out stretch plays in his direction.
As a pass rusher, Floyd has double-digit sack potential in the NFL. He comes off the ball hard and uses his top-tier burst to beat offensive tackles around the edge. If the blocker begins cheating outside, Floyd will use his elite change-of-direction ability to cross the OT's face with lightning quick counter and swim moves. He has a full pass-rush arsenal.
There are very few negatives with Floyd's game. He needs to improve his open-field tackling but other than that, he's the real deal. His tape is extremely impressive, while his versatility should have a creative defensive coordinator like Vic Fangio drooling.
With the 11th overall pick, Floyd could immediately and effectively serve as the last piece to Chicago's front-seven puzzle.null