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Anthony Floyd

S | (5-9, 202, 4.57) | Louisville
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: High school intermediate hurdles champion and basketball player. Made an impact as a freshman in 1999, when he started twice at cornerback. Made quite a splash after moving inside to free safety in 2000. Tied for the national lead in interceptions with 10, broke up 17 passes and took part in 57 tackles. Was a first-team All-Conference USA pick and a Walter Camp All-American. Had 92 stops, six passes broken up and four interceptions in '01, and he returned 14 punts for 198 yards and one touchdown while winning first-team All-C-USA honors for the second year in a row. Started eight of 12 games in '02, when he had 91 tackles, 7½ tackles for loss, four sacks, seven passes broken up and an interception.

Positives: Is an aware and instinctive player. Holds school record for interceptions. A true ballhawk with soft natural hands, quick reactions and a real nose for the interception. Has good vision on punt and interception returns. Good hitter and tackler who can be explosive. Plays with everything in front of him and is good in zone coverage.

Negatives: His lack of height and his abilities in man-on-man coverage hold him back. Looks stiff in transition and when changing directions, and does not have great deep speed. May gamble too much for the interception, and showed that especially in '01 after his 10-pick year in '00. Coverage ability drops off significantly when not in zone. Has poor technique on tackles, especially in the open field, and he leaves his feet too often when tackling. Lacks true home-run speed as a return man.

Summary: Size is a concern, but some team will fall in love with Floyd because he is always around the ball.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.