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Gino Crump is hoping to stay with the Cardinals beyond training camp.
Floyd was one of the top three receivers in this year’s draft, and the Cardinals were ecstatic when he fell to them with the 13th pick. Floyd (6’3”, 225) caught 100 passes for 1,147 yards and nine touchdowns for Notre Dame last year. The only concerns about him were his multiple alcohol-related incidents while at South Bend.
Floyd says he has matured and learned from those mistakes. He’s hoping to earn a starting job opposite Larry Fitzgerald, and Floyd’s stock continues to rise.
Arukwe is a speedster from Troy who has experience returning kicks. That could mean relief for cornerback Patrick Peterson and running back LaRod Stephens-Howling.
Arukwe is a raw football talent. The former track star had just 12 receptions in one season of college football and appears destined for either the chopping block or the practice squad.
Byrd is a big (6’4”, 220) undrafted, yet polished receiver from Miami. His excellent off-the-field persona is matched by good production for the Hurricanes. He had 106 career receptions for 1,254 yards and seven scores. Byrd’s hands, athleticism and speed have stood out thus far in camp.
Gray set several school records at the University of Richmond, but is only 5’10" and 175 pounds. He’s not overly fast for an NFL-caliber receiver and has not yet done enough to stand out in a group that includes four locks to make the team: Fitzgerald, Floyd, Early Doucet and Andre Roberts. That likely leaves just one spot remaining, and Gray probably won’t fill that spot.
It’s unlikely that Crump will either. Crump played just two seasons of Division I football at Arizona and could be a practice squad player because of his raw talent and upside. Crump did stand out in mini-camps and organized team activities, but his stock may have plateaued.