Leonard Floyd
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Floyd with the Chicago Bears in 2018
No. 54 – Los Angeles Rams
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1992-09-08) September 8, 1992 (age 29)
Chauncey, Georgia
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:Dodge County
(Eastman, Georgia)
College:Georgia (2013–2015)
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:279
Forced fumbles:3
Fumble recoveries:6
Pass deflections:13
Defensive touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Leonard Cornilus Floyd (born September 8, 1992) is an American football outside linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Early years

Floyd attended Dodge County High School in Eastman, Georgia, where he played football and participated in track. In football, he played defensive end and tight end. Floyd committed to play college football at the University of Georgia in April 2011. After high school, he attended Hargrave Military Academy for a year to take classes that met NCAA requirements.[1][2]

In track & field, Floyd competed as a thrower. He won the shot put event at the 2011 Region 3AA Meet, recording a career-best throw of 14.96 meters.[3]

College career

As a true freshman in 2013, Floyd started eight of 13 games. He finished the season with 55 tackles and a team-leading 6.5 sacks.[4] Floyd played in 11 games during his sophomore season, finishing the year with 55 tackles, six sacks, and a fumble recovery. In a game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium, Floyd recovered running back Jalen Hurd's fumble and ran it back 96 yards for a touchdown.[5] As a junior in 2015, he played in 13 games with 72 combined tackles, 4.5 sacks, three passes defended, and a fumble recovery. After his junior year, he announced his intentions to enter the 2016 NFL Draft.[6]

Professional career

Floyd received an invitation to the NFL combine as a top prospect in the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft. He attended the combine and performed the majority of combine drills before injuring his hamstring while running the 40-yard dash. He opted not to perform the bench press and was unable to perform the three-cone drill and short shuttle due to his injury. Coincidentally, teammate and fellow linebacker Jordan Jenkins also injured his hamstring and was unable to do the short shuttle and three-cone drill.

External video
video icon Leonard Floyd's NFL Combine Workout
video icon Leonard Floyd's 40-yard dash

On March 16, 2016, he opted to participate at Georgia's pro day and ran drills for representatives from all 32 NFL teams, including head coaches Bill Belichick (Patriots), Rex Ryan (Bills), Dan Quinn (Atlanta Falcons), and Todd Bowles (Jets) and general managers Thomas Dimitroff (Falcons) and Jerry Reese (Giants).[7] Floyd added four pounds to his frame prior to his pro day after there were some teams concerns about his thin frame. He performed positional drills, the short shuttle, three-cone drill, and vertical. His vertical (35") was four inches shorter than his jump at the combine and Floyd was also unable to do the bench press due to a pectoral injury. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Floyd was a possible top ten pick and a consensus projected first round pick by NFL draft experts and analysts. He was ranked as the second best linebacker/edge rusher in the draft by NFL analyst Mike Mayock, the third best outside linebacker by NFLDraftScout.com, and was ranked the fifth best linebacker in the draft by Sports Illustrated.[8][9][10]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 5+58 in
(1.97 m)
244 lb
(111 kg)
33+18 in
(0.84 m)
10+18 in
(0.26 m)
4.60 s 1.59 s 2.68 s 4.32 s 7.18 s 39+12 in
(1.00 m)
10 ft 7 in
(3.23 m)
All values from NFL Combine[11]

Chicago Bears


The Chicago Bears selected Floyd in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. The Bears traded the No. 11 overall pick and a fourth round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in order to move up to No. 9.[12]

External video
video icon Bears draft Leonard Floyd 9th overall

On May 27, 2016, the Chicago Bears signed Floyd to a four-year, $15.78 million contract that includes $15.33 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $9.67 million.[13]

He competed with Pernell McPhee, Lamarr Houston, Willie Young, and Sam Acho throughout training camp for a job as the starting outside linebacker. He was named the starting left outside linebacker, opposite Willie Young, to begin the regular season.[14]

He made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the Bears' season-opener against the Houston Texans and recorded six combined tackles and was credited with a half a sack on Brock Osweiler during their 23–14 loss. In Week 4, he left the Bears' 17–14 victory over the Detroit Lions after suffering a calf injury.[15] The calf injury sidelined him for the next two games (Weeks 5–6).[16] On October 20, 2016, Floyd recorded three combined tackles, sacked Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers twice, forced the first fumble of his career, and recorded the first defensive touchdown and fumble recovery of his career in the Bears 26–10 loss.[17] During a Week 11 matchup against the New York Giants, he collected two combined tackles, but left the 22–16 loss in the fourth quarter after colliding with teammate Akiem Hicks while attempting to tackle running back Rashad Jennings. During the collision, the crown of his helmet made impact with Hicks and compressed his neck. He was stretchered off the field and taken immediately to the hospital, but was released later that night. Floyd suffered a head/neck injury and a concussion and was unable to play the next week against the Tennessee Titans .[18][19] On December 4, 2016, he earned four solo tackles, earned a two sacks on San Francisco 49ers' quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick, and recorded the first safety of his career, as the Bears routed them 26–6.[20] On December 24, 2016, Floyd made one solo tackle, but left the Bears' 41–21 loss to the Washington Redskins after suffering a concussion. The concussion kept him from playing in the Bears' regular season finale against the Minnesota Vikings. Floyd claimed it took two months to recover fully from the concussion and for all the symptoms to subside.[21] Floyd finished his rookie season with 7.0 sacks, which placed him third among all rookies.[22] He finished the 2016 season with 33 combined tackles (23 solo), seven sacks, a forced fumble, fumble recovery, one touchdown, and one safety in 12 games and 12 starts.[23] He earned an overall grade of 65.1 from Pro Football Focus, which ranked 66th among all qualifying edge rushers in 2016.[24]


Floyd competed for the starting outside linebacker job throughout training camp against Pernell McPhee, Lamarr Houston, and Willie Young. Head coach John Fox named Floyd the starting right outside linebacker to start the season.[25]

On September 28, 2017, Floyd recorded three solo tackles and sacked Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the Bears' 35–14 loss. On October 9, 2017, he collected a season-high six solo tackles, two sacks, and a safety during a 20–17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The safety came in the first quarter and was on Vikings' quarterback Sam Bradford.[26] On November 19, 2017, he earned five solo tackles before being carted off the field after sustaining a leg injury after he collided with teammate Kyle Fuller in the Bears 27–24 loss to the Lions. On November 23, 2017, the Bears placed him on injured reserve for the remainder of the season after he suffered a sprained MCL and PCL in his right knee.[27][28] Floyd finished the 2017 season with 34 combined tackles (24 solo), 4.5 sacks, two pass deflections, and a safety in ten games and ten starts.[23] Pro Football Focus gave Floyd an overall grade of 74.5, which ranked 62nd among all qualifying edge rushers in 2017.[29]


Leonard Floyd in 2018
Leonard Floyd in 2018

On November 4, 2018, Floyd intercepted Buffalo Bills' quarterback Nathan Peterman, returning it for a 19-yard touchdown, his first-career interception and second-career touchdown.[30] In week 10 against the Detroit Lions, Floyd made his first sack of the season off quarterback Matthew Stafford in the 34-22 win. In week 15 against the Green Bay Packers. Floyd sacked Aaron Rodgers two times in a 24-17 win. Floyd finished the season with 49 tackles, four sacks, and a pick six. He received an overall grade of 69.6 from Pro Football Focus in 2018, which ranked as the 42nd highest grade among all qualifying edge rushers,[31] and was named as Pro Bowl alternate.[32]


On May 1, 2019, the Bears picked up the fifth-year option on Floyd's contract.[33] In Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers, Floyd recorded four tackles and sacked Aaron Rodgers twice as the Bears lost 10-3.[34] In week 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Floyd sacked Carson Wentz once in the 22–14 loss. This was Floyd's first sack in two months.[35]

Floyd was released by the Bears on March 17, 2020.[36]

Los Angeles Rams

On April 24, 2020, the Los Angeles Rams signed Floyd to a one-year contract.[37]

Floyd made his debut with the Rams in Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. During the game, Floyd recorded his first sack as a Ram on Dak Prescott in the 20–17 win.[38]

In Week 7 against his former team, the Chicago Bears, on Monday Night Football, Floyd recorded two sacks on Nick Foles during the 24–10 win.[39]

In Week 10 against the Seattle Seahawks, Floyd recorded three sacks on Russell Wilson and recovered a fumble lost by Wilson during the 23–16 win, later earning him the NFC Defensive Player of the Week award.[40][41]

In Week 17 against the Arizona Cardinals, Floyd recorded a sack on Chris Streveler during the 18–7 win. He finished the regular season with a career-high 10.5 sacks, which earned him a $1.25 million bonus.[42]

In the Wild Card Round of the playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks, Floyd sacked Russell Wilson two times during the 30–20 win.[43]


On March 15, 2021, Floyd signed a four-year contract extension with the Rams worth $64 million.[44] In Week 14 Floyd recorded 8 tackles and also intercepted Kyler Murray in a 30-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Floyd helped the Rams reach Super Bowl LVI where they would defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20. Floyd recorded 5 tackles and 1 sack in the game.

Regular season

Year Team Games Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
GP GS Cmb Solo Ast Sck Sfty FF FR Yds TD Int Yds TD PD
2016 CHI 12 12 33 23 10 7.0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2
2017 CHI 10 10 34 24 10 4.5 1 0 1 21 0 0 0 0 2
2018 CHI 16 16 47 34 13 4.0 0 0 1 0 0 1 19 1 4
2019 CHI 16 16 40 27 13 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2020 LAR 16 16 55 31 24 10.5 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
2021 LAR 17 17 70 37 33 9.5 0 1 1 0 0 1 11 0 3
Career 87 87 279 176 103 38.5 2 3 6 21 1 2 30 1 13

NFL career statistics

Won the Super Bowl
Bold Career high


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