After a free agency period in which the Jacksonville Jaguars were only able to sign Laurent Robinson to help at wide receiver, they still have a massive need at the position entering this months NFL Draft.
Most experts expect the top wide receiver, Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon, to be off the board when the Jaguars select with the seventh pick, but there is a new prospect that has turned some heads and many now consider worthy of a top-10 pick.
After an impressive showing at Notre Dame’s pro day on Tuesday, scouts are buzzing about the potential of wide receiver Michael Floyd as the second best pass catcher available in the upcoming draft.
Floyd is an extremely polished wide receiver prospect who like Blackmon is an excellent route runner, but he possesses better size and ability to break tackles once he has the ball in his hands.
In his time with the Fighting Irish, Floyd broke most of Notre Dame’s receiving records. As a four-year starter, Floyd accumulated 271 catches for 3,686 yards and 37 touchdowns.
When looking at Floyd’s skill set, he would be a perfect compliment to the newly signed Robinson.
While Robinson uses his speed to take the top off of opposing defenses, Floyd’s size and great hands allow him to be more of a possession type receiver who can catch the ball anywhere on the field. The Jaguars and their young quarterback Blaine Gabbert need a receiver who they can trust will come down with the ball in a crowd. Floyd can provide the Jaguars offense with exactly that.
The only concerns with Floyd are some off the field issues he has had with arrests. He has had three specific run-ins with the police involving alcohol including a DUI he got back in March of 2011.
Jaguars general manager Gene Smith has traditionally shied away from prospects that have had a history of legal trouble, but at some point he will have to take a chance on a player of Floyd’s considerable talent regardless of his troubled past.
If Floyd is still on the board when the Jaguars are on the clock in the first round, they would be wise to consider selecting him.