NFL Draft 2012: 3 Reasons San Diego Chargers Can't Pass Up on Michael Floyd

Steven ConklinCorrespondent IIMarch 6, 2012

NFL Draft 2012: 3 Reasons San Diego Chargers Can't Pass Up on Michael Floyd

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    The San Diego Chargers have many needs to address in the 2012 NFL Draft. But the team would be dumb to pass on Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd. 

    Many mock drafts have San Diego using their top draft picks to build the offensive line and secondary but believe it or not, the wide receiver position might be of more importance come April 26th, 27th and 28th. 

    It is still unclear whether or not star pass-catcher Vincent Jackson will dawn the bolt on his helmet next season. If he goes elsewhere, the Chargers are instantly troubled in the passing game. 

    San Diego would still have the likes of Malcolm Floyd and the emerging Vincent Brown on the roster but Phillip Rivers needs a legitimate No. 1 guy to throw to.

    Michael Floyd would be just that. 

    Here are three reasons the Chargers can't pass up on No. 3.

No. 1 Capability

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    I cannot stress this enough: if Vincent Jackson departs, the San Diego Chargers will need a go-to receiver. 

    Malcolm Floyd is a tall, vertical threat for San Diego but shines in the second spot with the defense putting less attention on him. Vincent Brown just isn't ready to be that guy either, regardless of his very impressive 2011 campaign.

    Michael Floyd does have that ability. 

    At 6'3", 240-pounds, Michael Floyd is a physical receiver. He fights to get open and once he has a step on the defensive back, is most likely to obtain big yardage. 

    His 4.47 40-yard dash time at the combine proved such. 

    If San Diego drafted Floyd, it would have a very dependable trio of targets that will continue to grow with each other. 

    He could shine as a deep threat for Phillip Rivers and company, making him the best option in a pass-heavy league. 

Under the Radar

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    Michael Floyd had a superb final college season, a great Senior Bowl and his performance in the NFL combine was stellar. 

    Does Floyd have something to prove? I think so. 

    The 2012 NFL Draft class has a stable of young talented pass-catchers such as Justin Blackmon, Alshon Jeffrey, Kendall Wright and Dwight Jones. And Michael Floyd continues to fly under the radar. 

    One of the best traits a professional athlete can have is a chip on his shoulder. 

    Floyd has it and I'm willing to bet he shows the football world he was deserving of more attention in the offseason. 


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    There is no question Michael Floyd is a talented wide receiver and will help a team in the NFL.

    But I truly believe Floyd will turn out to be the draft's best receiver selection.

    At No. 18, grabbing a pass-catcher of Floyd's caliber is a rare opportunity and the San Diego Chargers would be blessed to have him.

    Compared to the other two top receivers available, the Notre Dame receiver is the best package. 

    Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon seems to be the clear No. 1 come April but he lacks the physicality Floyd possesses. Alshon Jeffrey of South Carolina has speed problems along with a character issues. 

    In his college career, Michael Floyd was able to catch passes from Tommy Rees. What would be in store if he is catching balls from one of the NFL's elite signal-callers in Phillip Rivers?

    A lot.

    Michael Floyd will shine and end up being the best wide receiver from the 2012 draft class. 

    San Diego needs to snag him before someone else does, just in case.