The Chicago Bears today traded up from the 11th overall pick in the draft to select former Georgia OLB Leonard Floyd at 9th overall.
To get Floyd, the Bears swapped first rounders with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and gave up a 4th-round pick (106th overall) as well. It was the first time the Bears have traded up into the Top 10 since drafting Walt Harris in 1996.
Floyd is 6-6, 244 pounds and had a very good scouting combine, posting a 4.60 40-yard dash, with a 39.5-inch vertical jump and a 10-7 broad jump. In terms of size, length and explosiveness, Floyd is an outstanding athlete.
He played defensive end, outside linebacker and inside linebacker for the Bulldogs in both 3-4 and 4-3 sets, which demonstrates his versatility.
Floyd is a speed rusher with a ton of potential, one who could develop into a 10- to 15-sack pass rusher in the NFL, but he's raw. He's thin and needs to add weight and did not participate in the bench press at either the combine or his pro day, so his strength is a big question mark.
Floyd won't likely be a three-down player for the Bears right away and will be used almost exclusively on 3rd downs his rookie season.
In 2015, Floyd played in 13 games and had 4.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss. He'll be 24 in September.