Share this article

print logo

Georgia linebacker Floyd visiting Buffalo

Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd was visiting with the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night into Friday, a source said. Floyd would certainly fit a need in Rex Ryan’s defense as arguably the best edge rusher in the NFL Draft after Ohio State’s Joey Bosa.

This month, the Bills have welcomed a slew of quarterbacks and front seven players on defense into One Bills Drive.

If Floyd falls to No. 19 overall, he may make the most sense.

A long, chiseled 6-foot-6, 244 pounds, Floyd started three seasons at Georgia. In 2015, Floyd led Georgia in sacks for a third straight year (4.5) and tied for the lead in tackles for loss (10.5) in earning second team All-SEC honors. He also had 15 hurries. Speed, he says, is his greatest asset. And speed off the edge is what this 3-4 scheme could use after totaling a franchise-low 21 sacks last season.

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Floyd ran a 4.60 in the 40-yard dash, fifth-best among all linebackers.

“I can use my speed to beat tackles,” Floyd said in Indianapolis. “That probably will translate well.”

Every defense in every scheme covets game-changing pass rushers, yet multiple draft analysts have cited a lack of edge rushers in this year’s draft. That could push Floyd out of Buffalo’s range. He actually played last season around 230 pounds and put on weight as the season progressed, eventually checking in at 244 at the Combine and proving he can still move well.

Floyd flashed a burst around the corner in college and, while raw, might be the weapon opposite Jerry Hughes that Buffalo sorely needs. He closes with a vengeance.

Nobody at Floyd’s position possesses his combination of length and speed. Some teams also view Floyd as an inside linebacker.

“A big strength of my game would be my speed,” Floyd said. “A weakness would probably be me (not) having more than one pass rush move. I can work on it and come up with a new move that I can go to rather than just using speed.”

Floyd believes the SEC prepared him for this leap.

“You’ve got to come every week in the SEC in order to keep winning,” Floyd said.

email: tdunne@buffnews.com