The New Orleans Saints have already expressed interest in adding a pass rusher in the 2016 NFL Draft, so we profile Georgia’s Leonard Floyd and suggest how he might fit in.
The 2016 NFL Draft is less than a month away, so we continue to do some draft profiling for the New Orleans Saints. One of the top pass rushers in this year’s rookie class is Leonard Floyd out of the University of Georgia. He has flown a bit under the radar when it comes to Saints draft talk, but he could fit in nicely on the defensive line.
Weight: 244 LBS
Arm Length: 33 1/8 inches
Hands: 10 1/8 inches
40-yard dash: 4.60 seconds
Vertical: 39.5 inches
Broad jump: 127.0 inches
Leonard Floyd is one of the top pass rushers in this draft. His length and athleticism help him get around tackles and get to the quarterback. While his length is a good attribute to have, his frame and play strength are not. Some may think the big offensive tackles in the NFL could throw him around.
If he weighed fifteen pounds more, which is still possible, then he might be in the conversation as a top-10 pick, but since he is a lighter, weaker pass rusher, he will likely fall to the to mid-late first round, or even second.
That being said, he is very talented and has a lot of upside. He has multiple pass rushing moves and is quite nimble for his height. He has nice explosion off the snap and his quickness could help him get around tackles at the next level.
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How he fits with the New Orleans Saints:
One of the top needs for the New Orleans Saints is a pass rusher and Floyd could be someone to help fill that void. Installing him on the defensive line opposite Cameron Jordan would be a nice pairing.
However, I don’t see him being one of the best available players for the New Orleans Saints at pick 12. If they were to draft Floyd there, I’d consider it a big reach. If they were to trade back to gain an extra pick, then I could definitely see Floyd being on the Saints’ radar.
Adding an additional pick and drafting Floyd would be a nice start to New Orleans’ selection process. Getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks is what the Saints have to get better at and Floyd could certainly be of assistance in that aspect.