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2016 NFL Draft: Mike Mayock calls Leonard Floyd a 'conflicted player'

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The player many have mocked to the Cardinals could be a top-10 pick, but there are concerns.

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Remember all those mock drafts that had the Arizona Cardinals selecting Georgia edge rusher Leonard Floyd? After the team landed Chandler Jones, the pass rusher at 29 was less common, but he could be a player in the mix at 29.

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock was asked about Floyd and told the media on a conference call Floyd "is one of my most conflicted players."

"There's a big part of me that wants to say he's a top-10 talent, and there's another part of me that when I look back at my notes, and I've done at least six of his games, and all over the place I have the word 'underpowered,'? Mayock explained. "Not just at the point of attack, but when he gets stuck in the pass game, also, rushing the quarterback. If he doesn't win with speed -- and I'm talking about both outside speed, and he's got a great up-and-under move. If he doesn't win with speed, he gets stuck. That worries me."

But Floyd added weight before the NFL Combine, so that took some concerns away. And he has some things that are undeniably intriguing.

"His athletic ability is amazing, and his burst off the edge is rare," he continued. "So at the end of the day, in a pass-first league, teams are going to lean towards what he can do as opposed to what he can't do, and what he can do is get off the line, come off the edge, and for a 4-3 team, I think he's a linebacker on 1st down off the line of scrimmage, and when you go to your sub-package, which again is 60 to 70 percent of your snaps, he's going to be a hand-in-the-dirt defensive end. I think the 3-4 teams look at him as a 3-4 outside linebacker simply, but at the end of the day, could he be a top-10 pick? I think he could surprise people and fit in the top 10 somewhere, yes."

I guess that means he really isn't an option for the Cardinals anymore.

But let's say he did fall to 29. Would he be worth taking?