When the Cardinals selected Michael Floyd with their first-round pick, one of the most impressive things about the rookie wide receiver was his willingness to address his past, which included a DUI arrest in college. The team vetted the young man thoroughly, and his work habits have been nothing but sterling since he arrived.
“He’s worked hard,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said the other day, noting that Floyd didn’t even want to sit out last week when a quad issue led the team to tell him to take it easy. “That’s one of the things we liked about him.”
But — and I haven’t talked to anyone in the organization about this — there had to be a little feeling about “there-but-by-the-grace-of-God-go-I” vibe when it came out that the first receiver taken in the draft, Jacksonville’s Justin Blackmon, was arrested for a DUI. Blackmon, who also had a DUI in college, faces a possible suspension and at the very least, has a cloud over his head already.
That’s the thing about the draft, or about any of the players that end up on a roster. They aren’t robots. They are people who can be immature, or do dumb things, or just not work out as expected. The Cards work hard to chase players with the right character, but you also have to make sure you collect talent. It’s not always easy to mesh such things. There are no real parallels between Blackmon and Floyd, other than they play the same position. But obviously, the Cards are counting on their guy to work out well and make all the right choices.
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