The Arizona Cardinals hit the jackpot when they drafted Michael Floyd with the 13th overall selection in the 2012 NFL draft. The former Notre Dame wide receiver is gearing up to have a Pro Bowl season.
Floyd is the No. 2 wide receiver on the Cardinals, opposite of six-time Pro-Bowler Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald needed another receiver to take some of the pressure off him, and he got an excellent catch in Floyd. Floyd will have an immediate impact on the team, opening up the field for the quarterback as a legitimate second option.
The rookie possesses key qualities that will put him in the running for next season's Pro Bowl. Floyd has the speed and size needed to compete with the best in the NFL. At 6'3" and 220 pounds, he will certainly cause matchup problems for undersized defenders. Also, his big size will keep him on his feet longer after making the catch.
Floyd is surprisingly quick for his size, which sets him apart from other WRs. He ran the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in 4.42 seconds. His speed is great for his likely role as a route-runner, as he will be able to outrun most of the defenders.
Not only does Floyd have the ability to get open very quickly, but he has great body control. That is a fantastic asset to have in the red zone, where a tight passing attack goes a long way. Also, his long wingspan allows him to literally snatch the ball out of midair. Between Floyd and Fitzgerald, the Cardinals will be nearly unstoppable in the receiving game.
Floyd put up outstanding numbers during his senior year at Notre Dame. In 2011, he had 100 receptions for 1,147 yards and nine touchdowns. Despite having an awful quarterback situation, Floyd still managed to have above-average production. This is significant considering the Cardinals don't have the most ideal quarterback situation either.
The main problem concerning Floyd is his off-the-field brushes with alcohol and the law. In college, Floyd was cited twice for underage drinking and once for driving under the influence. These lacks of judgement can be credited to the environment that surrounds student athletes. As long as the problems don't follow him to NFL, they won't affect his game.
A 2013 Pro Bowl selection is well within reach for Michael Floyd. He has the skill set and right pieces surrounding him to make that prized honor a reality.