Here at Turf Show Times we like to have options, which is why for the last few days we have been talking about different players the St. Louis Rams could draft with the sixth pick. Today, I will take a look at a wide receiver that hasn't been mocked to the Rams, but there's a chance that they could draft him. That guy is Mr. Michael Floyd of Notre Dame.
Honestly, I'm going to try my best not make this a Blackmon vs. Floyd debate. However, I know that there are people who will just say Blackmon will be the pick for the Rams and be an Pro Bowl wide receiver. I understand that. Still, I think Blackmon is the third best wideout in this class, but that's a story for another day.
Now that that's out of the way, let's talk more about the Fighting Irish star wide reciever and why the Rams might draft him at #6.Let's start off with his great size, he is 6 foot 3, and 224 pounds. At that size he is built like an elite wide receiver. He also ran a 4.4 second 40 yard dash at the Combine. This past season Floyd had 100 catches, 1,147 yards and nine touchdowns, in a pro style offense, and also with bad quarterback play.
After watching some of Floyd's games, I came away impressed. Honestly, when I first watched him I didn't think I would like him, but I did. The best part of Floyd's game is the way that he adjusts to balls. Which makes sense, because his two quarterbacks were between bad and awful, but it's a good thing that he developed this talent. Then you have Floyd's jump ball ability, which only Alshon Jeffery does better, in my opinion. Then you have the fact that he's a willing blocker.
I hate doing comparisons, because they never come out right, but I think he will become an even better Brandon Lloyd. Say what you want about Lloyd, but he was a big help to the offense. Visualize this for a second. Sam Bradford looks, no one is open and Jason Smith let the defender loose, chasing Bradford. Bradford throws the ball up and Floyd catches it for a touchdown; I can easily see that happening.
Everything isn't perfect with Floyd though, he does have an injury history. Also there's a reason why he had to catch a lot of jump balls, and that's because he wasn't always open. He had run-ins with the law, which were alcohol related incidents, but reports are that he cleaned up his act, even moving into dorms. The worst thing to me are his routes, sometimes his routes look lazy. The route troubles can be corrected, and if they are I think he will be a really good receiver.
What I can see him bringing to the Rams? I see a solid possession WR, who Bradford can throw the ball up to and he can snag it. He will be able to turn a small gain to a bigger game with his size. He doesn't break tackles as often as Blackmon did in college, but I like Floyd's vision and agility after the catch. If Sam is going to grow with a receiver, why not one who can help his confidence by making tough catches no matter where the ball is?
Minus the injury problem that could show up with Floyd, he might be the safest receiver in the draft. This is the new regime's first draft. It's going to be difficult to predict how they value players, but if they like tall, physical receivers then Floyd should be their man.
Now that I'm done arguing for Floyd to be drafted with the number six pick, I decided to add some videos fo you guys and gals to enjoy.
Here's a good video discussion about Floyd, from Mike Mayock http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-draft/09000d5d827f6454/On-the-draft-board
Michael Floyd vs South Florida 2011 (via JMPasq)
Michael Floyd vs Stanford 2011 (via JMPasq)
Michael Floyd Highlights 2011 [HD] (via PraqticuL)