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Road to the NFL Draft: Leonard Floyd

Position: Outside linebacker.

School: Georgia.

Combine measurables: 6-foot-6, 244 pounds.

Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.60 seconds. Vertical jump: 39.5 inches.

Broad jump: 10 feet, 7 inches.

Career stats: 38 games, 184 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, 54 quarterback pressures, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries.

Draft projection: First round.

Lowdown: Edge rushers have been known to put up good numbers in Georgia’s 3-4 scheme, and Floyd is no different. He led Southeastern Conference freshmen with 6.5 sacks in 2013, then won the Bulldogs’ Defensive MVP award in 2014 despite playing through injury. In 2015, Floyd tied for the team lead with 10.5 tackles for loss (including 4.5 sacks) and was a second-team All-SEC selection and Butkus Award finalist. Floyd’s got serious speed from sideline to sideline, with long limbs and good change of direction. He can cover the flat and as an edge rusher, has long strides to work around offensive tackles. Floyd’s biggest challenge will be adding extra weight. He’s built like a wide receiver, and will need to add substantial bulk in the NFL. At this point, his value is as a pass rusher, with his run defense needing to improve.

They said it: Floyd is going to be a polarizing topic of conversation all the way to the draft. Is he a top-10 pick because he’s such an energizing pass rusher or is he nowhere near that because he’s underpowered and can’t stand up against the run? I love his athletic ability. I love his ability to get off the edge and get to the quarterback. I get frustrated because he struggles against the run and I feel like against quality tackles he gets stuck. I know how fast he is, but can he convert that speed? – NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock.

– Jay Skurski

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 28.

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