Mock Draft Spotlight: WR Michael Floyd

The Notre Dame wide receiver is moving up the draft rankings.

Posted by Garrett Downing on Saturday, April 21st, 2012 at 10:27 am | Categories: 2012 NFL Draft, Garrett Downing

Michael Floyd has been shooting up the mock drafts recently.

The Notre Dame product has even put himself into the conversation of being the best wide receiver in the draft.

“Floyd has the best all-around skills and talents among the receivers in this draft class,” wrote Matt Waldman of the New York Times. “This is a talent-rich group, but none of the prospects in this class have all of the qualities that Floyd brings to the game.”

Just few months ago, Floyd was expected to be more of a late first-round pick, possibly even being available when the Ravens pick at No. 29.

Now he is even being mentioned by some draft gurus as a potential top-10 pick.

“A great pro day, and [he] could be a temptation in the top 10,” wrote ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper, who has Floyd listed as his 11th best prospect. “Played lighter and faster last season, then tested superbly. Able to beat you short or deep, has a big frame to beat smaller cornerbacks and isn’t afraid to throw a block.”

Floyd’s rise has come after an impressive showing at the combine and at Notre Dame’s pro day, where he was as big (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) as advertised, and also had the speed to match his bulky frame.

Floyd officially ran 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash, squashing any fears about not having the ability to separate.

“He’s like a bigger, faster version of Hines Ward in my mind,” said Ravens Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz.  “He’s really explosive.  He leans with the ball. He snatches it. He’s really strong to the ball in the air. He makes great catches through contact.”

The other part of Floyd’s recent rise is that he appears to have calmed some of the concerns about a reported drunken driving arrest and subsequent suspension.

“People all the time have mistakes like this,” Floyd said at the combine. “Unfortunately it happened to me on a big stage [and went] across the nation. It’s about moving forward and making sure you don’t make the same mistake again. It’s about staying on the positive side of things.

“I think I’ve grown a lot. Coming to the NFL now, I think you do have to mature a great deal or you’ll get behind on a lot of things. This is a professional sport and you’ve got to act like a professional.”

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