Cardinals take WR Floyd in first round

Posted by Darren Urban on April 26, 2012 – 6:30 pm

The Cardinals ended up taking the Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd with the 13th overall pick Thursday. There was a lot of speculation/reports that the Cards were trying to trade down, but in the end, they stayed put and took a big (6-foot-2, 220 pound) pass catcher who was thought to be the second-best receiver in the draft behind Justin Blackmon.

There has been talk about the Cards upgrading at the position behind Larry Fitzgerald since last year. Now they grab him. He’s not a speed demon. He’ll probably bring a similar dynamic to the table as Anquan Boldin did when he was paired with Fitz. Floyd had 100 catches for 1,147 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior, and 79-1,025-12 as a junior.

Still looking for a tackle in this draft — and without trading down, the Cards don’t pick again until 80th overall, in the third round — but the Cards graded Floyd high (higher than T Riley Reiff, obviously). They’ll need better QB play too though. Even great receivers need good passes in their direction.

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67 Responses to “Cardinals take WR Floyd in first round”

  1. By Drullin on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    What a huge mistake! What happened to drafting BPA??

  2. By Jerod B on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Welcome to AZ Floyd. Hope you enjoy and produce like Fitz did in the valley of the sun!

  3. By AZbelgium on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Just like i predicted, anyway Darren which OT is likely to be there in the 3rd round for us at this point. Can you narrow it a bit down maybe or have an idea, maybe we even could go BPA right there as i don’t expect any trades anymore from our side if you ask me but well yeah we’ll see.

    Would love to hear from you, thanks in advance.

  4. By Darren Urban on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    AZbelgium —

    RE: Third round

    No idea. Many, many picks between then and now.

  5. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    You nailed it on the head Darren…”They’ll need better QB play too though. Even great receivers need good passes in their direction.”

    I wonder how this will affect the QB competition during mini-camp versus the Cards having drafted Reiff. With talent like Floyd opposite Fitz, I’m guessing the pressure for the QB to be accurate on mid-to-long throws during mini-camp has just increased.

  6. By wayne on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    WR Michael Floyd is 6’3, 220 lbs and great hands, we all knew we needed a reciever besides the OT, OLB that we also needed, I think it’s a good, safe pick and will make the offense better.

    I am sure the Cardinals tried to trade down and get a 2nd round pick and no takers.

    Could the Cards still try and get a 2nd round pick by trading some picks from the 2013 draft ?

  7. By Darren Urban on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Wayne —

    RE: Second round for 2013

    Don’t see it.

  8. By john on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    love the pick…if he can just stay off the sauce….Go Cards!!!!!!

  9. By TUCSTEVE on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    i hope whisenhunt starts him behind fitz right away so he can learn quick.

  10. By William Barry on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    The Rams needed WR help, as a need pick, per all the draft guru’s…now we’ve upset that thinking, and picked just in front of the Rams, who i KNOW the Rams
    would have picked WR Michael Floyd…Plus floyd is a senior, more mature, and faster and bigger than J. Blackmon, and was reported he worked out with Fitzgerald, and Fitz wanted him, and we GOT OUR STUD PICK….perfect timing…Kudos to Keim and Graves…GO CARDS!!!!!!!!!!! Not only have we beat the rams to the punch, and then Seattle picks Irvin(round 1 )…who all said was a reach in round one….We really manevuered great here….

  11. By greg on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Great pick, not only do the cardinals have Wells, Williams and LSH in the backfield but now we have Fitz, Floyd, Roberts and Doucet. Don’t forget about Houseler. Maybe a couple OT’s in the later Rounds.

    The improving D along with the the weapons we now have on the O, LOVE IT!!!

  12. By UC,CaseyIsatRaGeDY on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    So can a third round rookie RT or RG (at best) replace Brandon Keith? (And yes, Keith was a 7th rounder.)
    Not complaining (yes, I am), but unless Floyd was truly at the top of the 120 board, this (whether imagined or not) looks like a Fitzgerald decision.

  13. By joe holst on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    riley reiff is a stiff, grimm can take a low round ackle and develop him,great pick,

  14. By Steve on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Love the pick Darren! Now we need to go out and get some O-lineman.

  15. By Corgon on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I like it, I like it! Welcome Michael!

  16. By Kurt on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Great move

  17. By Peter in Canada on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Darren – With the drafting of Floyd, do you see the team moving Doucet or Roberts?

  18. By Darren Urban on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Peter in Canada —

    RE: Doucet/Roberts

    They will both be around.

  19. By Soares20 on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    YES!!! Great Pick Cards I was hoping we didn’t reach for a tackle. Way to stick to our philosophy and take the best player available. Hope rounds 3-7 are just as great.

  20. By Chris Lewis on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Great pick Cards brass! Floyd will compliment Fitz nicely. I’m just glad he was still available at #13. Arizona’s done a great job in the draft recently, which is a big reason why we’re on the upswing. I can’t wait for football!!! GO BIG RED!!!

  21. By Mr.Ramirez on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Good pick Cards.

  22. By Jzoully on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    The pick that would make the Cardinals the most dangerous team in the NFC West, so what now must give us a chance to win this division?

  23. By Martin on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply


  24. By Javier Montoya on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I LOVE THIS!!!!

  25. By Jon L on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    hey darren,
    I like this pick, obviously the cardinals felt like Floyd was a better player than Reiff, do you think the cards will try to trade up into the 2nd round to get an OT like Martin from Stanford

  26. By William Barry on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Now how are the Niners and Seahawks, and Rams going to cover our WRs???? The niners, will fall to earth this year, and they are definitely overrated…

  27. By casey on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    hi darren do you think their is a chance the cards could trade back into the second to select martin or glenn

  28. By BleedCardsRED on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    What a great pick! I am super happy about that! We do need to trade up to a 2nd round though but I do not think we have enough to give to do it.

  29. By jonnyb on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    yeah floyd is a card

  30. By EP on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    nothing will change for kolb when it comes to time in the pocket. So how is it that another good WR will make a difference? Im sure hes pretty decent, but with our line, we will never see it.

  31. By BleedCardsRED on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Trade up for Cordy Glen!!!

  32. By Doug fan since 1988' on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    After watching film on Floyd I see a bigger, younger Hines Ward with a vertical….That’s probably what Whiz sees. All the scouting reports rave about his tenacity on run blocking. So in essence we did get another offensive lineman:) Hopefully with the disciplined team that the Cardinals have created will help keep Floyd’s off the field issues at a minimum. Sure sad to see Decastro slip away from us and go to Pittsburgh. Does that mean we’ll sign him when he is past his prime?????

  33. By Bay Area Bad Boy on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I like the Floyd pick, I’m sorry but our other reciever are no threat to anyone.
    If Floyd can come in a be a factor, it will force defenses into single coverage situations and that could be huge not only for Fitz, but for Early as well. For whatever reason, I don’t seem too concerned with the O-line. It’s obvious the coaches think we are better on the line than the rest of the world. I think the O-line will be fine. Hopefully we can get a pass rusher with the next pick.

  34. By Tucson Cardinal on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Awesome!! Our recieving corps will be ballin out of control with Fitz, Roberts, Doucet, and now Floyd. Hopefully he balls hard. That being said, our whole season hinges on the quarterback play. Hopefully Kolb/Skelton balls harder. GO CARDS!!!

  35. By david on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply


    we should drft swarztes – cal

    what u think?

  36. By Darren Urban on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    David —

    RE: swarztes

    Sure, why not.

  37. By Cactus jeff on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply


  38. By UC,CaseyIsatRaGeDY on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Not dissing the Floyd pick, just wondering that he makes a bigger difference than if the Cards had drafted a punter.
    He’ll have to beat Doucet, Roberts and Housler IMO for time and with his supposed lack of separation skills, unless Kolb/Skelton can get off their passes quicker behind a more porous line (no Keith) don’t see the improvement.

  39. By Mr.Ramirez on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    While Kolb didn’t do good last season at least he(or Skelton) will have Another great target to throw to. Roberts and Doucet could be great in the slot.

  40. By Steve on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Drullin, do you know what BPA stands for?

  41. By Steve on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Have you done your research on this guy or are you talking out your………

  42. By drstiegler on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    great pick!

  43. By Mark in Chandler on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I think I am one of the few on this sight that has reservations about this pick. Floyd has phyical tools and potential but he did not show it consistantly on the field ( and I am not even touching on the off-the-field-issues. I wasn’t there when he explained himself so I will have to trust the Cards staff on that one.) On the field he frequently disappeared. Watch the Pitt game. Pitt’s defense, which was not impressive, shut Floyd completely down. I worry he will be underwhelming. The new CBA makes a risk pick like this more financially palatable.

    That said, the problem for the cards was that there really wasn’t anyone left who was impressive, at least not with the 13th pick. I am not sure what offers they got to trade down but they must have been poor. Trades happen before and after but now right there in the middle.

    On the upside Seattle continues to make bizzar picks. Irvine?! 49ers brought in a slightly about average Roberts-like WR where they were already thick. The Rams made a good pick.with Brockers but he is raw. All in all not an impressive draft for the NFC west. But several good players got pushed to the 2nd round which, in theory, should push some talent into the 3rd.

    Should be a handful of OT with the 3rd that will be servicable.

  44. By Dre on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I wonder how much weight Lott is going to make him drop. Good pick tho

  45. By AB on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Great pick!

    I was hoping for Floyd or a trade down.

    I’m glad we got ourselves a playmaker and not an OT.

    I’m also glad the Rams didn’t get the top tier receiver they wanted.

  46. By RogueCardinal on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Reiff has short arms, weak bench press and was doughy at the combine. Glad that Cardinals went with the BPA which was Floyd and didn’t draft for need and select Reiff.

  47. By Chris on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I like the pick for a few reasons. Look at the NFC West corners.. big.. at least tall.. physical. You need a WR who is big bodied, can create space, and catch the ball well with his hands. On third down, Early was good at getting open but not at catching the ball consistently.. Floyd is projected to help. Red zone will improve as well.

    I dislike the pick for a few reasons right now.. we need OL badly. From what I hear though, their rankings for the OL don’t drop far off from where they had Reiff or DeCastro, so they must feel like they can still get some help there in the 3rd or 4th

  48. By DANGER49 on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply


  49. By cobra on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    @ uc,CaseylsatRaGeDY

    Re: Floyd pick:

    Big difference, if Floyd scores, we don’t need a punter to average 50 yds. per kick. Oh, by the way, the draft continues tomorrow.

  50. By Jeremiah on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    @Drullin– This was the best player available for the Cards, hands down.

  51. By Jeremiah on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    @EP–You could ask Kurt Warner how he did it. When Kurt was slinging the rock for this team he didn’t have a good Oline, but he had weapons. Good QBs need 1 of two things and those are 1 a good Oline or 2 a lot of weapons to throw to. Teams will be much more weary to blitz safeties and corners against us when there are a lot of weapons that can beat them down the field. Not to mention Floyd is another guy that you can just throw the ball up to when he is in 1 on 1 situations.

  52. By Mr. Know It All on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Michael Floyd!!!!!! Welcome to the Cards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. By Eazy E on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Darren, Floyd runs really well, in the mid 4.4s. He can get downfield and make plays with ease. Great, great pick AZ.

  54. By Corgon on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Floyd and later an OT(s) a way, way better option than Glen or Reiff and a wideout from the 3rd round. Floyd is a great pick. He lack of speed, not separation skills, so he’s not a deep threat. Since neither Kolb or Jhonny are the statues of accuracy, that’s not a big problem. If he can catch the short and mid range passes, our offense will be much more dagerous this year. Better 3rd down and red zone eff.
    I was a bit surprised that we pass on Ingram, but I still believe with Horton’s system we can be more than effective with “just good”, not elite pass rushers.
    Fitz, Floyd, Doucett, Beanie, The Hyphen, a healthy Williams, King, Hopefully Heap and an Improved Housler……I’am so excited 🙂

  55. By cardsalltheway on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Floyd = BPA
    Ha ha ha,
    Ken W. went to Notre Dame and so did Floyd, duh! Plus, Fitz likes him maybe because Ken W. does? And of course we now have Roberts(speaking out) and Doucet who like him because…Ken W. does?

    Very good points. I’ve said all along we’ve got enough quality WR’s(read on). Most Cardinal/NFL experts/fans know about our porous offensive line. I guess that’s not important to Ken W. and Co.? They believe in Levi Brown(2007 NFL draft 5th overall first round pick) even though most fans don’t.

    Since they believe in their past 1st round OT, I wonder why another OT wasn’t taken instead of Floyd? I hope Floyd does well but this pick reminds me of last year’s 2nd round Ryan Williams pick. Last year we could’ve easily found another quality RB to back up Beanie Wells and this year the WR position was certainly NOT our weakest area. In fact, it was one of our strongest knowing that we could’ve easily found another WR in this years draft which consists of an abundance of quality rookie WR’s.

    Last years most obvious “BPA” picks = Ryan Williams, Rob Housler, and Anthony Sherman. How much did they help us last year? Let’s see…we know about R. Williams, Rob Housler also got injured and A. Sherman didn’t play much since Ken W. didn’t/doesn’t like to run the ball with an offensive line that can run block better than pass block for a QB who “didn’t know all the offensive plays.”

  56. By Dewayne on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Great Pick!! Kevin Kolb was the mistake!

  57. By BS on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Great pick, I couldn’t be happier I wanted him all along…GO CARDS!!!!!

  58. By William Barry on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Lets get Swartz from Cal in the 3rd round….

  59. By KC on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Great pick

  60. By UC,CaseyIsatRaGeDY on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    When cardsalltheway agrees with you, you know you’re mistaken.
    My apologies, everyone.

  61. By Jeremiah on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply


    Fitzgerald likes Floyd because he has been mentoring him and really liked what he saw in him during that process.


    Floyd does not have a lack of speed he ran a 4.42 at the combine. As for his lack of separation that is due to the fact that he isn’t a great crisp route runner, which is something you can expect to improve under the tutelage of Fitz.

  62. By Mike Ellingboe on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply


    “Ken W. went to Notre Dame and so did Floyd, duh!”

    Enlighten us, when did Ken W. do that?

  63. By cobra on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    @ UC, Casey::

    You are a standup Man, Have to give credit when it is deserved.

  64. By SeeingRed on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Great pick. Just what I was hoping for. Tough, talented guy who wants to win. With Fitz showing him the ropes it should up everyone’s game from the other receivers to the QB’s and if Williams comes back healthy….oh my.

    All they need now is time together with Kolb (for what we gave up I’m hoping he will out play Skelton-though I love Skelton’s potential) to get the timing down.

    In Whiz and Keim I trust (and to a lesser extent Graves)

  65. By cardsalltheway on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Mike Ellingboe,
    Oops! I do make mistakes and admit them, unlike someone we both know of. If only he had gone there, maybe the Steelers would’ve hired him?

  66. By UC,CaseyIsatRaGeDY on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    “You are a standup Man..”
    That’s what I’ve always stated.

  67. By Mike Ellingboe on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply


    Not following your reasoning about Notre Dame and the Steelers head coaching position.

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