TEMPE, Ariz. – Last offseason, Larry Fitzgerald handpicked his quarterback. Fitzgerald had his fingerprints all over the Arizona Cardinals first round pick in this year’s draft.
The Cardinals selected Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd with the 13th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, passing on the opportunity to draft several offensive lineman that were still on the board.
“I’m excited,” Cardinals general manger Rod Graves said. “We were very diligent with Michael. We spent a lot of time with him. He was too good to pass up.”
Floyd set seven school records during his four years in South Bend, including most receptions (271), most receiving yards (3,686) and most touchdown catches (37). The 6-foot-3, 220 pound wideout caught 100 passes for 1,147 yards and nine touchdowns in his senior year at Notre Dame last season.
“I wanted to jump for joy but I kept it calm,” Floyd said.
Floyd does have a history of off field issues. Last March Floyd was arrested for a DUI and later pled guilty to a misdemeanor and place on probation for one year. Notre Dame suspended Floyd, but he was reinstated to the team before the start of the 2011 season.
“It was a bad decision,” Floyd said of his arrest. “I’ve learned from it and moved on.”
The addition of Floyd likely means current Cardinals wide receivers Andre Roberts and Early Doucet will drop on the depth chart, but head coach Ken Whisenhunt does have a history on bringing rookies along slowly. Either way, Kevin Kolb will have plenty of options to throw to in 2012.