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Michael Floyd selected 13th overall by the Arizona Cardinals


There won’t be a familiar Notre Dame slide down any draft boards this year. Former Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd was selected 13th overall by the Arizona Cardinals, the second wide receiver taken in the NFL Draft. After deciding to come back to school for his senior season, Floyd was rewarded by the Cardinals and teams with fellow Minnesotan Larry Fitzgerald to bolster an Arizona receiving corps in need of a complimentary weapon.

Floyd is the highest-drafted Notre Dame player since Bryant Young went with the seventh-pick in the 1994 draft. He’s the highest drafted Irish wide receiver since Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown went sixth in 1988.

“I could not be happier for Michael and his family,” Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said. “I’ve said many times I have never coached a person as talented as Michael, and his selection tonight shows that. Michael’s work ethic and passion for football are unparalleled and fans of the Cardinals will love the productivity he’ll bring to Arizona’s offense.”

Floyd closes the book on his Irish career as the most prolific in Notre Dame history. He holds five career receiving records, numbers that could have been even bigger if he didn’t miss multiple games during his freshman and sophomore campaigns. Shaking the injury bug during his junior and senior season, Floyd played in a system that saw the Irish target Floyd downfield far less often.

While the system change depressed his statistics, it also likely helped turn Floyd into an undeniable first-round talent. Forced to play a more well-rounded game during his final two seasons and without an elite quarterback that could get the ball effectively downfield to him, Floyd became one of the best blocking wide receivers in the college game, and became a tremendous possession receiver to complement the downfield ability he showed during his first two seasons.

Floyd surprised many with his 4.42 forty-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. He also impressed multiple teams in interviews leading up to the draft, an important step after a DUI arrest last spring put his football career in jeopardy. But after sitting out a semester after an indefinite suspension from football by Kelly, Floyd was reinstated for his senior season and turned his life around while the spotlight was on him. The Cardinals repaid that hard work by investing their only pick in the first two rounds on the wide receiver, who was hoping to end up across from Fitzgerald, one of his boyhood heroes.

“When I got the call with the 602 number coming in, I wanted to jump for joy, but I played it cool,” Floyd said after during a conference call with reporters. “I talked to Larry and I know he wanted me there, but you never know. I’m just excited that I get the chance to be an Arizona Cardinal.”


Michael Floyd: Sport Science Freak

Floyd Pro Day

After Skylar Diggins got a tour of the ESPN Sport Science lab, there were plenty of people convinced she was more than just a pretty face… and an All-American, Player of the Year candidate. Now former Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd got his chance to impress in the laboratory.

Here’s a quick segment on Floyd courtesy of Sport Science, and a nice reminder that whatever Floyd did on the field wasn’t a product of scheme or lack of other offensive options, but merely because he’s a freak athlete. Between clocking a sub-4.5 forty time at the combine and showing leaping skills that are favorable to athletes like Derrick Rose and Plaxico Burress, it’s a bittersweet reminder that Notre Dame has to replace one of the best offensive weapons in the country.


Floyd sprints his way up NFL draft boards

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There was one major question NFL teams had about Notre Dame star receiver Michael Floyd: Just how fast was he? After four seasons of dominating play at Notre Dame using his raw physical abilities, the NFL Scouting Combine offered the Irish’s all-time leading receiver the opportunity to show off his speed, the one remaining on-the-field question mark.

Floyd answered those questions resoundingly, clocking two runs in the 4.4 range, including an official 4.47 that separated him from Baylor’s Kendall Wright, who ran a 4.61 officially. The consensus No. 1 wide receiver in the draft, Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon, skipped the 40-yard dash, and only had limited participation in drills and testing, opting to rest a tender hamstring before his March 9 pro day.

Of course, the combine is just the beginning of a two-month slog that’ll have players moving up and down mythical scouting boards up until the NFL Draft. But realistically, while he’ll still have more questions to answer — specifically about his alcohol-related mishaps — Floyd did plenty to help himself in Indianapolis.

“Most people expected him to run in the 4.5s,” Rotoworld’s Evan Silva said about the Irish star’s performance. “But Floyd’s clearly been working on his craft. He demonstrated work ethic, he slimmed down and ran fast.”

Speed isn’t all that’ll make or break Floyd’s case for being a Top-20 pick. It was two years ago that Golden Tate blazed his way to an official 4.42 forty, answering the “one big question” everybody had about Tate’s first round candidacy. (Tate’s second round selection might seem too early in retrospect, with the former Biletnikoff winner struggling early in his career, with only 609 yards and three touchdowns in his first two seasons.)

Still, if there were questions that needed to be answered in Indianapolis, Floyd answered them, acing his first test in front of NFL brass. With Wright hurting his stock with a 4.6 time, Floyd made a rock-solid case to be at least the second wide receiver off the board, with Blackmon needing to put a good 40-yard dash time on the board to solidify his top spot.