Speculation is running rampant that former University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd has impressed scouts enough that he will now be selected within the first ten picks in the NFL Draft on April 26.
Floyd, 22, who established new school records for career receptions (271), 100-yard games (16), receiving yards (3,686), and receiving touchdowns (37) on the gridiron at South Bend, is a tough and physically imposing specimen who understands the game and thrives on third downs.
Plus, the native of Saint Paul, Minnesota has tremendous hands and he recently exhibited his blazing speed at the NFL Combine by running the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds.
The standout Irishman should dominate the NFL landscape for years to come.
Still, Floyd is not expected to surpass Oklahoma State University two-time All-American receiver Justin Blackmon on the draft board.
Blackmon, 22, was a legitimate college superstar who concluded his career in Stillwater by earning the 2012 Fiesta Bowl MVP after catching eight passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns.
Floyd is actually just as good and talented, if not more so, than Blackmon.
Nevertheless, Floyd has long battled alcohol problems and it’s hard to envision that a franchise in a paranoid league would commit millions of dollars to a youngster with a somewhat checkered history.
Despite the justified praise he has garnered, expect Michael Floyd’s stock to ultimately drop like an intern in the Oval Office later this month.