Heading into the 2012 NFL Draft, one of the biggest needs for the New York Jets is at the wide receiver position. If the Jets decide to address this position early they should have plenty of prospects to choose from, one of whom could very well be Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd.
With the Jets stating they want to return to a ground and pound style of offense under new Offensive Coordinator Tony Sparano, Floyd makes perfect sense. Floyd might be the best possession receiver in the draft. At 6-3, 225 pounds, Floyd has excellent size and will use it. He plays a very physical game and will participate as a blocker in the running game. He doesn’t have blazing speed, only a 4.47 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine but he has enough to make something happen after a catch.
Floyd was a producer while at Notre Dame, catching 100 passes for 1,147 yards and 9 TD’s in 2011 and 79 passes for 1,025 yards and 12 TD’s in 2010. He uses strong hands to catch balls away from his pads and can adjust to balls thrown behind him or over his head. Once he catches the ball he will not shy from contact and defensive backs often need help bringing him down.
With the Jets desire to return to a ground and pound style offense they will need reliable receivers who can participate in both the running game and who can get open for quarterback Mark Sanchez. While Floyd struggles to get separation from defensive backs, he will almost always win the battle for the ball. He sometimes plays with a mean streak but won’t get out of control on the field and draw stupid penalties.
With Santonio Holmes lining up as the Jets number one receiver and Jeremy Kerley lining up in the slot, the Jets would instantly upgrade their offense by drafting Floyd. Floyd’s ability to make the tough catch will make Sanchez look a lot better and his ability to be a threat in the red zone is an instant upgrade for the Jets over any receiver currently on their roster.
The biggest red flag is his history of alcohol related incidents while at Notre Dame. He was charged with a DUI in March 2010, his third alcohol related offense. However, he has not had any problems since then and he should be able to come in an contribute immediately. The Jets offense will be simplified for the quarterbacks and, consequently, the receivers. If the Jets were to draft Floyd he would instantly become arguably their best receiver and his competitive nature will be a much needed addition to the Jets offense. When Floyd steps on the field he comes to play and brings his best game every time. He won’t take a play off and will be an excellent asset as a blocker in the running game. If Floyd is available, the Jets should pounce on him.