Jeff Dickerson on the Bears Draft...........
Dickerson talks Bears draft
February, 2, 2012 Feb 2
Reporting from the Super Bowl in Indianapolis, ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson discusses what the Bears may do in the NFL Draft.
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By Jeff Dickerson
INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd is eager to impress scouts and NFL executives after a rib injury forced him to miss last month's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2011/1019...loyd11_300.jpgMatt Cashore/US PresswireMichael Floyd was a big-play threat at the college level. Could he replicate that success with the Bears?
According to Floyd, the injury is now completely healed. With that, the wideout traveled to Indianapolis this week to participate in the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. He plans to return later in the month to participate in the annual NFL scouting combine.
"I think I'll perform in most of the drills [at the combine]," Floyd said Wednesday during a stop at Super Bowl XLVI radio row. "It was kind of difficult for me not going down there to the Senior Bowl because I really wanted to. But because of the injury I had in my bowl game, which is one-hundred percent now, I wasn't able to do that. I wanted to rest it and make sure I was one-hundred percent. It all feels good now."
Generally considered the second-rated receiver in the 2012 NFL draft class, ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper had the Chicago Bears selecting Floyd at No. 19 overall in his initial mock draft.
"It's a great feeling just knowing that all the fans you have in Chicago, of course Notre Dame is so close and has so many fans in Chicago, it's a great feeling," Floyd said. "But you never know with mock drafts. I'm looking forward to this upcoming month and just showing everybody my talent and what I have to bring to an NFL team.'
"Jay Cutler is a great quarterback. He knows everything, and what I like the most, he's a leader on that team. He knows where to get the ball at times. He's a good judgment guy. I really like him for that."
The 6-foot-3, 224-pound receiver compiled more than 1,000 receiver yards in each of his final two seasons for the Fighting Irish. Floyd posted a career-best 100 receptions and 1,147 receiving yards last season. He finished a productive four-year run in South Bend with a school-record 37 touchdown receptions.
Floyd's on-field ability was never in doubt in South Bend. His off-field behavior has, however, raised concern. He was twice cited for drinking underage and was arrested in the sping of 2011 for drunken driving. He was suspended by Irish head coach Brian Kelly for the latter infraction. Floyd said Wednesday he is prepared to field tough questions from NFL teams at the combine, and is taking the necessary steps to insure he erases all doubt when it comes to integrity and character issues.
"You got to keep your composure and stay positive [in those interviews]," Floyd said. "We have a guy coming out to our facility where we train at in California. He's a great psychologist to help us and tell us the negatives and positives of this whole thing. He tells us it's one of the biggest job interviews of your life. He tells us to stay positive and make sure you're up and ready for whatever the questions may be."