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Leonard Floyd Can Be An Emotional On-Field Leader


NFL-ready after his junior season, Leonard Floyd believes he has the versatility to be a multi-use player on any defense and can be a leader, too.

Leonard Floyd brought it every Saturday for the Georgia Bulldogs in the nation's toughest conference.

"It's a week by week thing. You've got to come every week in the SEC in order to keep winning," Floyd said at the NFL Combine in February. "You can't slip up because you can get knocked off."

While Georgia wasn't quite a strong last season as years past, Floyd stood out from an individual standpoint.

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.

He decided to forego his senior season and entering the NFL Draft.

While teams see his potential as a pass rusher, Floyd believes he's also quite capable of defending the passing game.

"They've improved a lot," Floyd responded when asked about his pass coverage skills. "It came from coach [Jeremy] Pruitt helping me learn the different coverages and learning how to set myself up in the right position to make plays on receivers."

Floyd added: "I definitely believe it's a strength, me being able to cover guys. I feel like teams can use that."

Another great trait of his game is the ability to play multiple positions depending on the game situation.

"We talked a little bit about that, me playing inside then on third down going to an outside linebacker role and rushing the passer," Floyd said of what NFL teams see him playing. "I definitely believe I can stay on the field with my versatility. I do believe that."

Check out images of linebacker Leonard Floyd during his collegiate career at Georgia.

But Floyd is also honest that his game isn't complete, at least yet. But with a passion for the game, he'll only get better as time goes on.

"A weakness would probably be me [not] having more than one pass rush move," Floyd said. "I can work on it and come up with a new move that I can go to rather than just using speed."

During his time at Georgia, Floyd made key stop after key stop, showing burst of emotion after the plays.

That just comes from being so passionate about the game of football.

"It's me wanting to get my team off the field, helping my team get off the field," Floyd said. "I try my best to make plays to get us off the field for the offense to get back on the field."




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