Not surprisingly, I’ve already gotten a ton of questions asking, in some shape or form, “How does Michael Floyd look so far?” The standard answer, in some shape or form? “Fine.”
It’s easy to say you want the team’s No. 1 draft pick to be eye-popping from the get-go. That’s always the hope. I’m not about to make any money with my scouting ability, but I wouldn’t say Floyd has been eye-popping. But there are reasons for that, and it’s not necessarily a negative thing. When you think about it, most of Floyd’s strengths don’t translate to the underwear season of OTAs. His game is about going up in a crowd at getting a ball, or fighting for YAC, or cracking back on a defender to spring a teammate on a running play. None of those things are going to show up now.
Besides, the number of first-round receivers that sparkle right out of the gate are few and far between, especially on a team that already has a star No. 1. Larry Fitzgerald had some injuries as a rookie, but his stats (58 catches, 780 yards, eight touchdowns) were only good, not great. I am sure the Cards would love for Floyd to have those numbers.
It’s early. If I had to guess, I’d guess Floyd will be part of the group rather than a breakout guy as a rookie. That’s usually how it plays out for receivers. He’s got plenty of time to ramp up and do more, though. At least you can kind of see what Floyd is like; if the Cards had taken an offensive lineman in the first round, it’d be almost impossible to know what they really had at this point.
(P.S. If I had to pick one draft pick that has caught my eye, it’s third-round cornerback Jemell Fleming. Not that I expect him in the starting lineup or anything, but he just looks comfortable making the jump to the NFL. That’s a good sign.)
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