NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Michael Floyd (R) of Notre Dame holds up a jersey as he stands on stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected #13 overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
By now, you have probably read every tidbit you can get your eyes on regarding Michael Floyd. After being selected with the 13th overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals yesterday, you have seen every scouting report, read up on all of his past incidences and looked into the type of contribution he can make being the dynamic player that he is.
One thing that we have not discussed up to this point is the impact Floyd will have on the future of the Cardinals organization. After the jump, let's look at not only what Floyd brings to the table, but how he can improve and what the team can expect from him years down the road.
Floyd is arguably the most talented wide receiver prospect coming out of this year's NFL Draft. He is bigger, faster and stronger than Justin Blackmon, the Oklahoma State receiver that was selected eight picks in front of him. He also has better ball handling, blocking skills and awareness for the game than the receivers that will be selected in days two and three of the draft.
So, from this, we know that he should be able to come in and have an immediate affect on the team. Even if he is not thrust into a starter's role right away (which, barring an injury, I would expect him to come off the bench at first), he will still be able to make numerous contributions. His game breaking speed and ability to make a big play when needed will eventually separate him from the other receivers on the team, so he will become a starter sooner than later.
After that, it is really up to him in terms of how far he wants to go. He has the potential to be a versatile #1 type wide receiver, even if Larry Fitzgerald is on the team. Floyd is a physical talent that is not seen every year in the draft. To many, he is almost the second coming of Anquan Boldin, a former Cardinal and perfect compliment to Larry Fitzgerald.
For the first five years of his contract, I see Floyd as a young man that will learn more and more about being a wide receiver in the NFL everyday. Heck, it's hard not to when you're working under one of the best to ever play the game. Fitz will teach Floyd everything he knows and from that, Floyd will get better with the passing of each season.
By the time his contract is up, one would hope that he has proven himself to earn a handsome reward.
I guess what I am trying to say is that Floyd could be a new block from which the organization can build around. After all, the last time they drafted a wide receiver in the first round, that seemed to work out okay, didn't it? Imagine having them both on the same team at the same time.