04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 1/13 - Michael Floyd, WR, 6-2, 220, Notre Dame...The Cardinals think Floyd is a lot like No. 1 wideout Larry Fitzgerald: big, physical and can make the tough catches. Receiver wasn't the club's greatest need but if Floyd listens to Fitzgerald and learns, they could be a dynamic combination. - The Sports Xchange
Floyd's size and prolific on-field performances are tantalizing for NFL teams.
He arrived at Notre Dame as one of the most celebrated prep recruits in the nation and validated that with 48 catches for 719 yards as a true freshman. He finished his career with seven school records, including most receptions (271), most yards receiving (3,686) and touchdown catches (37).
He also reaffirmed his on-field feats with measureable athleticism at the Scouting Combine, running 40 yards in 4.47 seconds and leaping 36 1/2 inches in the vertical jump.
But there were bad statistics off the field. He was cited for underage consumption of alcohol twice and driving under the influence once and finally was suspended from the team last spring. Although he was allowed back on the team, he lost his role as captain.
Despite all that, and a broken clavicle in 2009, Floyd was undoubtedly one of the top receivers in college football the last four seasons. He is an intriguing combination of good quickness, better speed, great size and awesome hands that engulf the football.
His size and strength should help him against NFL press coverage and his long arms (32 7/8 inches) will be an asset going for the ball. Floyd certainly has the physical ability to star in the NFL if he works hard enough at it on and off the field.
Release: Does not explode off the line of scrimmage and runs with long strides. His size and strength make him tough to press, however, and he is capable of separating with physicality -- but not pure speed.
Hands: Has strong hands, but scouts have questions about his consistency as a receiver. Excellent vertical and ability to adjust to high throws, and also snatches wide throws near the sideline or over the middle. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder (or head), though he will lose sideline awareness in some cases. Too often lets the ball get into his body.
Route running: Needs to tighten up his routes, but has the quick feet and balance to cut or come back to the ball. Should excel in a West Coast or timing-type of offense. Lined up at every receiver position to take advantage of the best matchup. Solid threat on slants, shallow crosses and in the red zone.
After the catch: More of a bull than a cheetah. Will not outrun NFL defensive backs, but has more than enough speed to turn short passes into long gains when his quarterback leads him. Can make a quick inside move on an out route to get additional yardage, but won't outrun NFL defenders from a standstill. Looks best when plowing over corners one-on-one in space or carrying multiple defenders down the middle.
Blocking: Has the size to handle defensive backs, but needs to be more consistent here to give backs a chance to break off big runs. When ready to go on screens and run plays to his side, he is capable of a strong punch and sustaining the block. Often misses his target or fails to sustain by not giving full effort if the play is designed to go away from him.
Intangibles: Arrested three times on alcohol-related charges while at Notre Dame. Missed most of 2009 with a broken left collarbone and the final two regular-season contests of 2008 with a left knee injury.