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Check the scale: Leonard Floyd's weight worth monitoring

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Some rookies enter the NFL too heavy. Others, such as Bears first-round pick Leonard Floyd, are required to gain weight to adequately compete at the next level.

Floyd -- drafted by the Bears ninth overall -- confirmed on Friday the team expects him to bulk up in the coming months.

“I’m at 240 pounds right now,” Floyd said. “We didn’t talk about a number they want me to be at. But I believe that they want me to gain. I don’t know. I’ll do whatever they want me to, whatever the coaches see me playing at, what weight they see me playing at.”

A lanky 6-foot-4, Floyd admitted that he’s often struggled to keep weight on. Floyd said he played at 235 pounds at Georgia last year, but tipped the scales at 244 pounds at the NFL scouting combine in February, thanks to a steady diet of oatmeal, peanut butter and jelly, grapes and oranges.

“I lose most of my weight during sleep,” Floyd said. “So I can’t pretty much help it. So, yeah, it’s pretty hard to keep weight on. But I can get the job done with the staff we have here with the Bears and they believe in me and I believe in them. So we can get the job done.”

General manager Ryan Pace said on draft night that he prefers Floyd to be somewhere in the 240s, but former Georgia head coach Mark Richt said on ESPN 1000 in Chicago that he thinks Floyd can play at 255 or 260 pounds.

The key is for Floyd to get stronger, but not sacrifice the freakish speed and athleticism that made him a top-10 pick.

“The last thing you want to do is bulk this guy up and then you’re taking away what he does best,” Pace said. “You see some guys put on too much weight too fast and they look stiff and they lose some of that twitch that makes them a special player. We’ve got to do it the right way. I’ve got a lot of confidence in our strength and conditioning coaches, our sports science director Jenn Gibson, to get Leonard at an optimal playing weight to maximize his talent.”

In a break from tradition, Floyd and the rest of the 2016 rookie class will wait two weeks to report to Halas Hall for the annual rookie minicamp. Up until now, the rookie camp was held the weekend after the draft.