Leonard Floyd

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Leonard Floyd
No. 94 – Chicago Bears
Position: Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1992-09-08) September 8, 1992 (age 26)
Eastman, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight: 251 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school: Dodge County
(Eastman, Georgia)
College: Georgia
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2018
Total tackles: 79
Sacks: 11.5
Forced fumbles: 1
Fumble recoveries: 3
Interceptions: 0
Defensive touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Leonard Cornilus Floyd (born September 8, 1992) is an American football outside linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia.

Early years[edit]

Floyd attended Dodge County High School in Eastman, Georgia, where he played football and participated in track. In football, he played defensive end and tight end. Floyd committed to play college football at the University of Georgia in April 2011. After high school, he attended Hargrave Military Academy for a year to take classes that met NCAA requirements.[1][2]

In track & field, Floyd competed as a thrower. He won the shot put event at the 2011 Region 3AA Meet, recording a career-best throw of 14.96 meters.[3]

College career[edit]

As a true freshman in 2013, Floyd started eight of 13 games. He finished the season with 55 tackles and a team-leading 6.5 sacks.[4] Floyd played in 11 games during his sophomore season, finishing the year with 55 tackles, six sacks, and a fumble recovery. In a game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium, Floyd recovered running back Jalen Hurd's fumble and ran it back 96 yards for a touchdown.[5] As a junior in 2015, he played in 13 games with 72 combined tackles, 4.5 sacks, three passes defended, and a fumble recovery. After his junior year, he announced his intentions to enter the 2016 NFL Draft.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Floyd received an invitation to the NFL combine as a top prospect in the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft. He attended the combine and performed the majority of combine drills before injuring his hamstring while running the 40-yard dash. He opted not to perform the bench press and was unable to perform the three-cone drill and short shuttle due to his injury. Coincidentally, teammate and fellow linebacker Jordan Jenkins also injured his hamstring and was unable to do the short shuttle and three-cone drill.

External video
Leonard Floyd's NFL Combine Workout
Leonard Floyd's 40-yard dash

On March 16, 2016, he opted to participate at Georgia's pro day and ran drills for representatives from all 32 NFL teams, including head coaches Bill Belichick (Patriots), Rex Ryan (Bills), Dan Quinn (Atlanta Falcons), and Todd Bowles (Jets) and general managers Thomas Dimitroff (Falcons) and Jerry Reese (Giants).[7] Floyd added four pounds to his frame prior to his pro day after there were some teams concerns about his thin frame. He performed positional drills, the short shuttle, three-cone drill, and vertical. His vertical (35") was four inches shorter than his jump at the combine and Floyd was also unable to do the bench press due to a pectoral injury. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Floyd was a possible top ten pick and a consensus projected first round pick by NFL draft experts and analysts. He was ranked as the second best linebacker/edge rusher in the draft by NFL analyst Mike Mayock, the third best outside linebacker by NFLDraftScout.com, and was ranked the fifth best linebacker in the draft by Sports Illustrated.[8][9][10]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 5 58 in
(1.97 m)
244 lb
(111 kg)
33 18 in
(0.84 m)
10 18 in
(0.26 m)
4.60 s 1.59 s 2.68 s 4.32 s 7.18 s 39 12 in
(1.00 m)
10 ft 7 in
(3.23 m)
All values from NFL Combine[11]

2016[edit]

The Chicago Bears selected Floyd in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. The Bears traded the No. 11 overall pick and a fourth round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in order to move up to No. 9.[12]

External video
Bears draft Leonard Floyd 9th overall

On May 27, 2016, the Chicago Bears signed Floyd to a four-year, $15.78 million contract that includes $15.33 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $9.67 million.[13]

He competed with Pernell McPhee, Lamarr Houston, Willie Young, and Sam Acho throughout training camp for a job as the starting outside linebacker. He was named the starting left outside linebacker, opposite Willie Young, to begin the regular season.[14]

He made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the Bears' season-opener against the Houston Texans and recorded six combined tackles and was credited with a half a sack on Brock Osweiler during their 23–14 loss. In Week 4, he left the Bears' 17–14 victory over the Detroit Lions after suffering a calf injury.[15] The calf injury sidelined him for the next two games (Weeks 5–6).[16] On October 20, 2016, Floyd recorded three combined tackles, sacked Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers twice, forced the first fumble of his career, and recorded the first defensive touchdown and fumble recovery of his career in the Bears 26–10 loss.[17] During a Week 11 matchup against the New York Giants, he collected two combined tackles, but left the 22–16 loss in the fourth quarter after colliding with teammate Akiem Hicks while attempting to tackle running back Rashad Jennings. During the collision, the crown of his helmet made impact with Hicks and compressed his neck. He was stretchered off the field and taken immediately to the hospital, but was released later that night. Floyd suffered a head/neck injury and a concussion and was unable to play the next week against the Tennessee Titans .[18][19] On December 4, 2016, he earned four solo tackles, earned a two sacks on San Francisco 49ers' quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick, and recorded the first safety of his career, as the Bears routed them 26–6.[20] On December 24, 2016, Floyd made one solo tackle, but left the Bears' 41–21 loss to the Washington Redskins after suffering a concussion. The concussion kept him from playing in the Bears' regular season finale against the Minnesota Vikings. Floyd claimed it took two months to recover fully from the concussion and for all the symptoms to subside.[21] Floyd finished his rookie season with 7.0 sacks, which placed him third among all rookies.[22] He finished the 2016 season with 33 combined tackles (23 solo), seven sacks, a forced fumble, fumble recovery, one touchdown, and one safety in 12 games and 12 starts.[23] He earned an overall grade of 65.1 from Pro Football Focus, which ranked 66th among all qualifying edge rushers in 2016.[24]

2017[edit]

Floyd competed for the starting outside linebacker job throughout training camp against Pernell McPhee, Lamarr Houston, and Willie Young. Head coach John Fox named Floyd the starting right outside linebacker to start the season.[25]

On September 28, 2017, Floyd recorded three solo tackles and sacked Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the Bears' 35–14 loss. On October 9, 2017, he collected a season-high six solo tackles, two sacks, and a safety during a 20–17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The safety came in the first quarter and was on Vikings' quarterback Sam Bradford.[26] On November 19, 2017, he earned five solo tackles before being carted off the field after sustaining a leg injury after he collided with teammate Kyle Fuller in the Bears 27–24 loss to the Lions. On November 23, 2017, the Bears placed him on injured reserve for the remainder of the season after he suffered a sprained MCL and PCL in his right knee.[27][28] Floyd finished the 2017 season with 34 combined tackles (24 solo), 4.5 sacks, two pass deflections, and a safety in ten games and ten starts.[23] Pro Football Focus gave Floyd an overall grade of 74.5, which ranked 62nd among all qualifying edge rushers in 2017.[29]

NFL statistics[edit]

Chicago Bears
Season Tackling Fumbles Interceptions
Year GP GS Comb Solo Asst Sack Sfty FF FR Yds TD Int Yds TD PD
2016 12 12 33 23 10 7.0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2
2017 10 10 34 24 10 4.5 1 0 1 21 0 0 0 0 2
Career 22 22 67 47 20 11.5 2 1 2 21 1 0 0 0 4

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Freshman linebacker Leonard Floyd drawing praise at Georgia". The Augusta Chronicle.
  3. ^ "Region 3AA Meet Boys & Girls". MileSplit GA.
  4. ^ Georgia LB Leonard Floyd draws strength from his family, community back home
  5. ^ "Georgia at Tennessee Box Score, October 10, 2015". Sports Reference. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  6. ^ Polacek, Scott. "Leonard Floyd Announces He's Leaving Georgia: Latest Comments and Reaction".
  7. ^ Gil Brandt (March 16, 2016). "Georgia's Floyd draws huge crowd, but can't complete workout". NFL.com. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  8. ^ Chris Burke (April 12, 2016). "2016 NFL draft position rankings". si.com. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  9. ^ "*Leonard Floyd, DS #3 OLB, Georgia". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  10. ^ Mike Mayock (April 25, 2016). "Mayock's top 100 draft prospect rankings". NFL.com. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  11. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles – Leonard Floyd". NFL.com.
  12. ^ "NFL draft: Results, analysis for every Round 1 pick". ESPN.com. April 29, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  13. ^ "Spotrac.com: Leonard Floyd contract". spotrac.com. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  14. ^ "Ourlads.com: Chicago Bears' depth chart: 10/01/2016". Ourlads.com. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  15. ^ Matt Eurich (October 7, 2016). "Leonard Floyd's injury status starting to be a concern for Bears". 247sports.com. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  16. ^ Patrick Finley (October 9, 2016). "Bears first-rounder Leonard Floyd won't play vs. Colts". chicagosuntimes.com. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  17. ^ "NFL Player stats: Leonard Floyd". NFL.com. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  18. ^ Joe Soriano. "Bears Rookie Leonard Floyd Stretchered Off After Scary Hit (Video)". nflspinzone.com. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  19. ^ Rich Campbell (November 20, 2016). "Leonard Floyd able to travel with Bears after scary head, neck injury". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  20. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 13-2016: San Francisco 49ers @ Chicago Bears". NFL.com. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  21. ^ Lester Wiltfong (December 30, 2016). "Chicago Bears Injury Report: OLBs Leonard FLoyd doubtful, Willie Young and Pernell McPhee questionable". windycitygridiron.com. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  22. ^ "Bears' Leonard Floyd Proved His Place In Rookie Season". CBSLocal.com. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  23. ^ a b "NFL Player stats: Leonard Floyd: career stats". NFL.com. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  24. ^ "Bears expecting big things from Leonard Floyd in 2017". profootballfocus.com. May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  25. ^ "Ourlads.com: Chicago Bears depth chart: 10/01/2017". Ourlads.com. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  26. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 5-2017: Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears". NFL.com. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  27. ^ Mayer, Larry (November 23, 2017). "Floyd placed on IR with knee injury". ChicagoBears.com.
  28. ^ Marl Potash (November 23, 2017). "Season over: Bears OLB Leonard Floyd heads to injured reserve". Chicago.suntimes.com. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  29. ^ "Pro Football Focus: Leonard Floyd (2017)". profootballfocus.com. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  30. ^ "Leonard Floyd Stats". ESPN.com.

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