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Notre Dame’s Floyd recovering from rib injury

Michael Floyd, Trenton Hughes AP

Michael Floyd of Notre Dame is widely considered a top-three receiver prospect for the 2012 draft. He missed last week’s Senior Bowl for previously undisclosed reasons, but revealed in a Wednesday interview with the Chicago Tribune that a rib injury prevented him from participating in Mobile.

Speaking to the Tribune‘s Vaughn McClure, Floyd disclosed that the injury occurred during Notre Dame’s Champs Sports Bowl loss to Florida State. (Floyd did not finish that game because of the injured rib.) Floyd said he does plan to participate in February’s NFL Scouting Combine.

Floyd also revealed that he recently measured 6-foot-3 1/2 and 220 pounds at the Gatorade Institute in Indianapolis, where Floyd is training before the draft. Floyd has shed nearly ten pounds since last spring, when he was measured at 6-foot-3, even, and 229 pounds. Even after slimming down, Floyd has a size advantage on fellow top draft-eligible receivers Kendall Wright of Baylor and Justin Blackmon from Oklahoma State.

Asked by McClure whether he’d like to play for the Bears, Floyd replied, “Chicago would be great. But you never know how things go.”

Floyd is a projected top-20 pick in April’s draft. The Bears are scheduled to pick 19th.

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13 Responses to “Notre Dame’s Floyd recovering from rib injury”
  1. 808raiderinparadise says: Feb 1, 2012 5:37 PM

    He is like Larry Fitzgerald, not a burner but has elite hands and wins all the jump balls, he is a big strong body and excellent blocker.

    49ers would be great fit.

  2. theoregontexan says: Feb 1, 2012 5:42 PM

    hope this guy falls to the texans somehow. would be excellent across from andre

  3. descendency says: Feb 1, 2012 5:52 PM

    If he can stay healthy, he has very good skills for a number 2 wr with potential to be a number 1. His speed, durability, and off field issues may just keep him out of round 1, though.

  4. trbowman says: Feb 1, 2012 6:01 PM

    Steal of the draft at WR is Jarius Wright of Arkansas. A more complete DeSean Jackson.

  5. ninjapleazee says: Feb 1, 2012 6:04 PM

    welcome to Chicago

  6. 28for20 says: Feb 1, 2012 6:19 PM

    Look for a bidding war between Cleveland and Washington for the #3 pick. Cleveland wins out, sending thier 2 1st rounders to MN. With 3rd pick, Cleveland takes RGIII, Minny takes Kahlil at #4 and brings Floyd back home with #22. Assuming The Rams take Blackmon of course.

  7. princeofchicago says: Feb 1, 2012 6:25 PM

    I probably watched all Floyd games at ND.
    I strongly believe his off-field issues are behind him.

    He has a lot of potential to be elite #1 WR, worst case scenario WR#2.

    I also met him once he seems down to earth.

  8. freemantowilliams says: Feb 1, 2012 6:46 PM

    Ahhhhh yes. I remember that rib injury quite well. Future NFL draft pick Lamarcus Joyner put that boom boom pow on’em.

  9. towniesman says: Feb 1, 2012 8:23 PM

    cmon Mike wouldn’t you like to catch passes from T. Brady if ya slip to the late 20’s

  10. meatloaf025 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:33 PM

    Wish he can come home to the twin cities.

  11. young2rice says: Feb 1, 2012 10:45 PM

    He won’t be there at 19, certain teams will trade up to grab him- including the Bears.

  12. thevza says: Feb 2, 2012 2:43 AM

    The Bears would have been picking at spot #13 in the 1st round (and subsequent rounds), but no, they had to go get that all-important season-ending victory in Minnesota. Great. Good job, guys.

  13. gshfootball says: Feb 2, 2012 1:38 PM

    He’d look great opposite Dwayne Bowe in Chi town.

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