Floyd dazzles at Notre Dame pro day, could go before Blackmon

After the excellent workout Michael Floyd had at Notre Dame’s pro day Tuesday, I feel he conceivably could be drafted before fellow blue-chip receiver prospect Justin Blackmon.

Representatives from 18 NFL teams were there, including Bears coach Lovie Smith, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, and the receivers coaches for the Ravens, Browns and Bears. Prospects ran indoors on FieldTurf.

Floyd, WR, (6-foot-3 1/8, 220 pounds) — Floyd made himself some money Tuesday. He stood on the 4.47-second 40-yard dash that he ran at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he did the short shuttle (4.5 seconds) and three-cone (7.16 seconds) at the pro day.

Floyd is very fluid and runs good routes. He’s a big target, has excellent speed and caught the ball extremely well. He likely got a boost from having former Irish QB Jimmy Clausen throwing the ball to him, because the two are comfortable with each other.

Floyd really moved himself up the charts Tuesday, and again, his performance should at least have people putting him side-by-side with Blackmon; as I wrote, personally, I would rank Floyd higher. Floyd is a little faster and a little taller, and he’s been pretty productive in college. I think he should be taken with the 11th or 12th pick in the draft.

Robert Blanton, DB, (6-1/2, 201)– Blanton ran the 40-yard dash in 4.95 and 4.62 seconds. He’s an athletic player, a bit of a straight-line player. He’ll likely be taken in one of the later rounds.

Taylor Dever, OT, (6-5 1/4, 304) — Dever ran the 40-yard dash in 5.36 and 5.38 seconds. He had a 27 1/2-inch vertical, an 8-foot-9 broad jump, a 4.78-second short shuttle and did 15 strength lifts. He is an athlete who has to get a lot stronger.

Darius Fleming, LB, (6-1 1/2, 247) — He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 and 4.57 seconds. He has straight-line speed and likely will be taken in one of the later rounds.

Jonas Gray, RB, (5-9 1/2, 225) — Gray is recovering from knee surgery and didn’t do anything Tuesday.

Harrison Smith, S, (6-1 7/8, 214) — Smith didn’t run and rested on what he did at the combine. Interestingly, he had seven interceptions in 2010 and none last year. He moves extremely well for a big guy. He’ll probably go between No. 33 and No. 45 at the draft.

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