Te'o Notre Dame's lone first-team rep on AP All-American team

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Te'o Notre Dame's lone first-team rep on AP All-American team

Manti Te'o earned first team AP All-American honors Wednesday, and is the only Notre Dame player on the publication's first team.

Stephon Tuitt, who was a CBS All-American as a defensive tackle (he plays defensive end) and an ESPN All American at his natural position, was beat out by Florida State's Bjoern Werner for the second AP first-team defensive end honor. South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney is an across-the-board All American at the other defensive end slot.

Tyler Eifert was named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press, with Stanford's Zach Ertz garnering top honors. Braxston Cave was also named a third-team center to round out Notre Dame's representatives.

Alabama leads the pack with four representatives on the first team: guard Chance Warmack, center Barrett Jones, linebacker C.J. Mosley and cornerback Dee Milliner. Tackle D.J. Fluker is a second team rep and quarterback A.J. McCarron is on the third team.

Eifert was CBS' second-team tight end and Cave was its second-team center, while Louis Nix made the cut as a third-team defensive tackle.

The FWAA releases its All-American team Friday morning.

Leonard Floyd Chicago Bears NFL Draft Profile

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Leonard Floyd Chicago Bears NFL Draft Profile

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 150 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Leonard Floyd (LB), Georgia

6’6” | 244 lbs.

2015 stats:

72 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 3 PD, FF

Selection: 

1st Round, 9th overall to Chicago Bears (via Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Scouting Report:

"Where He Wins: Evaluators have been able to see Floyd play from practically every linebacker alignment. He lined up at the second level more often this season and was still an effective pass rusher when asked to be. He lacks strength when getting upfield, but Floyd can bend around the corner, which some staffs prioritize despite its scarcity." - Josh Norris, Rotoworld.com

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Bears trade up to No. 9, bolster pass rush with Georgia's Leonard Floyd

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Bears trade up to No. 9, bolster pass rush with Georgia's Leonard Floyd

When GM Ryan Pace said on Wednesday that the Bears had more than 11 names the organization felt good about for the No. 11 pick, he was sending a message that he was open to trading.

He just didn’t say which way, and instead of trading down to add picks, Pace elected to spend some of the draft capital the Bears had with nine total picks, trading up from No. 11 into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ spot at No. 9 and grabbing Georgia pass rusher Leonard Floyd to upgrade a defense that managed only a woeful 35 sacks in 2015.

The Bears gave up the first of their two fourth-round picks, No. 106 overall, to make the deal which adds a 6-4, 244-pound edge rusher who posted a modest 17 sacks for three college seasons, four last year. The move appeared to be made to get ahead of the No. 10 New York Giants, predicted by many to be targeting Floyd as part of enhancing their pass rush.

The “need” component was there and applied to nearly any pick on defense that the Bears could have made. Even with improvements from the previous two nightmare years, they were 20th in points allowed, 26th in opponents rushing average, 25th in yards allowed per play and 30th in interception percentage, reflective of having just 17 takeaways in their 16 games.

Put another way, the Bears were only marginally better against the run than they were under Mel Tucker and worse at taking the football away from opponents, the lifeblood of a defense. Meaning, the Bears were correct in staying a course toward best player available rather than drafting for need, since needs existed at virtually level of the defense.

DeForest Buckner San Francisco 49ers NFL Draft Profile

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DeForest Buckner San Francisco 49ers NFL Draft Profile

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 150 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

DeForest Buckner (DL), Oregon

6’7” | 291 lbs.

2015 stats:

83 tackles, 17 TFL, 10.5 sacks, 5 PD, FR

Selection:

1st Round, 7th overall to San Francisco 49ers

Scouting Report:

"Where He Wins: Has the tools to be extremely disruptive versus the run and rushing the passer. Right now Buckner shines against the run thanks to his size, length and strength to shed. Those tools can work as a pass rusher, but right now the awareness to shed and create space is not there on a consistent basis. He could play a variety of alignments up front based on personnel packages. He played on 85.5% of the school’s snaps this season." - Josh Norris, Rotoworld.com

Video analysis provided by NBC Sports and Rotoworld NFL Draft expert Josh Norris.

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