Chicago Bears Trade Up In NFL Draft; Trade 11th and 106th Picks for 9th Overall Pick
The Chicago Bears trade up in NFL Draft. They trade the 11th overall pick and their 4th round pick, 106th overall, to Tampa Bay in exchange for the 9th overall pick. They moved up to select edge rusher Leonard Floyd out of Georgia. When you play in a division with Aaron Rodgers, it’s a good idea to invest in a pass rusher.
Floyd missed the team’s bowl game in 2014 due to knee surgery, but was still awarded the team’s Defensive MVP Award after a campaign which included 6 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss. He also earned honorable mention honors for All-Conference in the SEC that year. This last season he had 4.5 sacks and led the team with 10.5 tackles for loss, in addition to earning 2nd Team All SEC honors. He’s led Georgia in sacks 3 consecutive seasons and last year was a finalist for the Butkus Award, speaking of Bears.
His combine measurables are a lanky 6’6” and 244 lbs. He ran a 4.6 40 with a 39.5 vertical and a 127-inch broad jump. His length, build, and athleticism project to a prototypical NFL outside speed rusher. Scouts praise his ability to explode off the snap and also chase down plays with sideline to sideline speed.
His weaknesses are that he struggles to shed blocks or set the edge. He is not a big hitter or a very effective run stuffer. However, the Bears didn’t draft him to cover tight ends or tackle running backs.
His job will be to pressure the QB. Effective pass rushers are always worth a premium price in the NFL, and as we saw from Von Miller in last year’s playoffs, they can be well worth paying it.