The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be picking Leonard Floyd in the 2016 NFL draft tomorrow, if Mike Mayock's latest and only mock draft of the year is correct. With Joey Bosa falling all the way to number eight, and Vernon Hargreaves, Myles Jack, Shaq Lawson and Sheldon Rankins,
This isn't the first time Floyd has been tied to the Bucs. The last few days have seen multiple reports that he won't fall out of the top ten, and Charlie Campbell over at Walter Football has been adamant for months that the Bucs are on Floyd.
Floyd is a curious fit, though. He does a lot of things decently, but doesn't excel anywhere. He's an outstanding athlete with speed and explosiveness, but he hasn't really played as a pure edge rusher and he displays few of the techniques necessary to win at the next level. Worse, his extremely skinny and lengthy frame would make it hard for him to win with power and leverage, and there's a significant danger he'll just be a one-trick pony as a pass-rusher. That never works in the NFL, especially so if you can't consistently turn the corner and redirect back to the cornerback after beating a tackle -- and Floyd really struggled to do that. He just doesn't look like a fluid edge rusher.
If the Bucs do draft Floyd with their number one pick, they'll be picking a player who doesn't quite fit their defense and has significant question marks on the field. He'd be a developmental prospect, and that really isn't what you want at number nine. Then again, his athleticism does give him a lot of upside, and he could be a valuable player -- provided the Bucs develop him properly, and everything goes according to plan.
That's a big if, though.