Amid rumors that the Ravens will trade down from their current sixth pick in the draft, a few names have emerged as potential fallback options for the Ravens in the middle and latter portions of the first round.
One of those names was Leonard Floyd, and the Ravens seem to have an interest in him. Floyd, an outside linebacker for the Georgia Bulldogs, visited with Ravens' officials on Thursday. Floyd was one of the best pass rushers in college last year, and is projected to be drafted somewhere in the middle of the first.
Scouts praise Floyd for his immense athleticism and coverage abilities. Lining up at outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme in college, Floyd was able to set the edge for the Bulldogs, and was also deployed at inside linebacker due to his ability to also drop back in coverage. Many think that Floyd will be best suited as a 3-4 edge rusher, and the Ravens too are inclined to grab an outside rusher such as Floyd before both Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs ride off into the sunset.
However, questions about his 6-5 244 pound frame and what he can do with it still loom large. At the collegiate level, Floyd was only able to notch 17 sacks in three seasons, which is surprisingly low for an athlete of his caliber. Many also doubt his ability to duke it out with some of the bigger linemen the NFL has to offer. But despite the red flags, his pure athleticism is enough to allure teams to take him early. Both the Giants and Bears are rumored to have an interest in Floyd at the tenth and eleventh spots in the draft.
A lot of the focus for the Ravens has been on top pass rushers like Joey Bosa and DeForest Buckner, but don't be surprised if the Ravens bring home a player such as Floyd if a good-looking trade comes their way.