ESPN reports that Notre Dame wide out Michael Floyd pleaded guilty on Wednesday to drink driving and has been given a suspended sentence. It’s not the first incident involving Floyd and he was suspended by coach Brian Kelly following the news he’d been arrested at 3:18am with a blood-alcohol level more than double the legal limit in Indiana. He hasn’t been reinstated with the team and although that will be a formality down the line, this could well be a final chance for Floyd to let his play do the talking.
My personal view is that although the physical talent is clearly there, he’s never used it to max out his potential. He runs sluggish routes, he body catches far too much and considering some of the competition he’s come up against, he’s rarely dominated. Then he’ll make a big play or have a huge game and you realise what all the fuss is about. I have him graded in the middle rounds due to the off-field incidents and inconsistency, but he can get back into early round contention very easily with a great 2011.
However, I keep coming back to this – Floyd didn’t declare this year for one reason… he didn’t hear a glowing report from the draft committee. He’s stated it was his intention to return and that’s fine, but if that was the case why did it take so long to decide? Faced with another year at Notre Dame to really propel his stock and knuckle down, instead he’s drink driving and getting arrested at 3am. When so much is on the line, is that how you are going to approach this great chance to impress the NFL?
On a different note altogether, one player I’m particularly high on and expect to explode as an every down pass rusher this year is West Virginia’s Bruce Irvin. Here’s more tape courtesy of JMPasq, enjoy: