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The pros and cons of Bears first-round OLB Leonard Floyd

A post-draft scouting report on new Bears first-round outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, a raw player with a lot of upside.

The Chicago Bears traded up from the 11th overall pick in the draft with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the 9th overall pick and selected outside linebacker Leonard Floyd from the University of Georgia. 

There had been a lot of smoke over the past few weeks about the Bears' growing interest in Floyd and general manager Ryan Pace confirmed that on Thursday night’s opening round.

Floyd is very tall and lengthy but many worry about his thin frame (6-6, 244). Over his three years at Georgia, he lead the team in sacks (17) and also accumulated 28.5 tackles for loss.


Good height and overall length. Quick-twitch athlete with an explosive first step. Underrated coverage skills to go with good overall playing speed. High upside as a pass rusher and should be able to start right away in sub packages. One of the higher ceilings in this year’s draft.


Very thin frame. Will be 24-years-old by Week 1. Not much of an edge setter and will struggle to shed blockers until he adds weight. Pad level can be an issue at times, will need to work to keep them consistently lower in the NFL.


Most will view this pick as a reach, especially with the Bears giving up their 4th round pick (106th overall), along with their 11th overall pick.

There’s little doubt that the New York Giants would have taken Floyd with the 10th overall pick, so the Bears’ coaching staff must really see something in him to give up a draft pick for a player most consider a reach.

If the Bears get an Aldon-Smith caliber player out of Floyd, this will be viewed as one of the better picks in the draft down the road. If they get a sub-par product, the reviews will look much like they do now: not a good pick.

Grade: C-


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