Michael Floyd

Draft Grades: Arizona Cardinals

This was a bold draft for the Arizona Cardinals, who acted more like a team on the verge of contention than one in rebuilding mode. It’s a fine strategy if Kevin Kolb works out, but if their quarterback situation remains a question mark, this could set them back.

Michael Floyd was a luxury pick, but does give Larry Fitzgerald the support he needs. It also shifts Early Doucet back into the slot receiver role, which is a better fit for his skill set.

I like the selection of Jamell Fleming inthe 3rd round. He’ll add some much-needed depth to the secondary and potentially compete for more serious playing time as the season wears on.

The Cardinals should have addressed their offensive line issues before the 4th round. Bobby Massie is a right tackle or a guard, and doesn’t provide them a clear upgrade at any position.

Senio Kelemete may compete for a starting job at either right or left guard, but won’t be a significant upgrade at either position. If he wins a starting job, it will likely be by default, more than the fact that he’s actually ready for the NFL.

Justin Bethel is a nice developmental prospect who could potentially play cornerback or safety. He’ll likely contribute on special teams early while they develop him on defense.

Throwing Ryan Lindley into the mix at quarterback doesn’t really solve any problems. Lindley is a developmental prospect with all the NFL measurables, but accuracy has always been an issue for him.

Nate Potter can play tackle or guard and will compete for a backup job.

This wasn’t one of Rod Graves better draft classes. They could potentially come away with three immediate starters (Floyd, Massie, Kelemete) but that speaks more to the lack of depth on the current roster than the strength of this class.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Cardinals, Draft Grades - 2012 Leave a comment

Michael Floyd scouting report

Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame #3
Ht: 6’3″Wt: 230
Strengths:
Prototypical height for a No. 1 receiver. Elite overall size and strength. A tough, physical receiver. Willing to go across the middle. Shows great body control. Does a nice job using his body to shield defenders. Excels at adjusting to the ball in the air; able to go up and pluck the ball out of the air. Decent leaping ability. A tough matchup for smaller DBs, especially in the red zone. Surprisingly effective running after the catch; a tough runner who isn’t afraid of contact. Coming off a strong senior year.
Weaknesses:
Speed is limited; won’t shake many corners at the next level and will have to fight for every catch – but he has the size and strength to do so. Blocking needs to improve; has the size to be effective but is inconsistent. Serious character concerns; arrested three times for alcohol related offenses, including a drunken driving arrest prior to senior year. Missed time with a knee injury in 2008. Missed majority of 2009 season with broken collarbone.
Comments:
Floyd has the physical tools to be a No. 1 receiver at the next level, but there are serious off-field concerns. His repeated alcohol-related arrests raise a serious red flag that will need to be investigated thoroughly before a team spends a 1st or 2nd round pick on him. Additionally, he suffered two significant injuries which each caused him to miss multiple games. For a player lacking speed already, the knee injury raises more red flags. Entering his senior year there were legitimate question marks about him being a viable top-50 pick, but he answered those concerns with a strong senior year. If teams are comfortable with the injury situation and off-field issues, he is definitely 1st-round material. He reminds me of Anquan Boldin in terms of his efficient route running and tough, physical play which makes up for a lack of elite speed.
Videos:
2011 vs Stanford
2011 vs South Florida

2010 vs Miami FL (bowl game)
2009 vs Michigan 

 

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 1 Comment