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2016 Mock Drafts: Leonard Floyd To The Redskins?

Posted Mar 4, 2016

NFL.com's Charles Davis has changed his selection for the Redskins' 21st pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, as he now has Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd going to Washington.

NFL.com's Charles Davis has changed his selection for the Redskins' 21st pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, as he now has Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd going to Washington.

While most mock drafts have the Washington Redskins selecting a defensive player in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, which position the team might take with the 21st-overall pick differs.

Some believe the Redskins will continue to build in the trenches and take either a stout run stuffer or an elite pass rusher.

Others think the team will want to start to rebuild its secondary with a young and talented defensive back.

Then there are those like NFL.com’s Charles Davis who can see the Redskins taking a linebacker.

In his most recent mock draft, Davis has the Redskins taking University of Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd.

“Can be dynamic off the edge, and Washington needs help on all three levels on defense,” Davis writes.

In 38 games at Georgia with 32 starts, Floyd tallied 184 tackles (28.5 for loss) along with 54 quarterback hits, 17 sacks, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

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During his junior season, the Eastman, Ga., native was selected to the All-SEC second-team after he finished the year with career highs in tackles (74), tackles for loss (10.5), and passes defensed (three).

Floyd also set a personal best for tackles in a game with 11 against Georgia Southern on Nov. 22.

The 6-foot-4, 231 pounder was named the team’s defensive MVP and an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-SEC team selection as a sophomore in 2014, as he tallied 55 tackles with six sacks.

Floyd was selected to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2013 after he totaled 55 tackles with a team-high 6.5 sacks.

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According to his NFL.com draft profile, Floyd has a “unique combination of length and athleticism.”

“Extremely rangy with great chase speed from sideline to sideline. Good change of direction for taller player. Long limbs and twitch to spring into a tackle from a mile away. If unblocked, will chase down line of scrimmage from backside and foil run plans. Elusive in open space dodging blockers and sifting through traffic in pursuit of the ball. Has the traits to be highly effective in man coverage. As an edge rusher, able to shoot out of the starting blocks and cover substantial ground with long second and third strides. Not a great bender, but has ankle flexion necessary to lean at 45-­degree angle and buzz inside the rush arc. Substantial pass rush potential with a variety of options to the quarterback. Pet move is upfield burst followed by jump­-cut inside tied with inside club. Able to dip and rip around the corner. Dangerous on T/E twists and blitzes underneath. Able to worm his way through the A-­gap as standup blitzer,” his profile states.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein believes Floyd has the potential to be similar to former Virginia linebacker and current San Francisco 49er Eli Harold.

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