Cardinals: Picking Floyd shakes up West

April, 26, 2012
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Michael FloydJerry Lai/US PresswireKevin Kolb will now have another receiving threat in Michael Floyd.
The Arizona Cardinals' decision to make Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd the 13th overall choice has implications throughout the NFC West.

For one, it gives quarterbacks Kevin Kolb and John Skelton another physically impressive weapon opposite Larry Fitzgerald. The move also made sure the division-rival St. Louis Rams would not emerge with one of the two highest-rated receivers in the draft. Left unknown: to what degree the Rams wanted one of those wideouts.

The Rams were scheduled to pick sixth overall when Jacksonville traded ahead of them to take Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon, the highest-rated wideout in the draft. The Rams then traded back to No. 14. That selection was approaching when the Cardinals selected Floyd.

Arizona still needs an offensive tackle, in my view, and the team could have a tough time finding an immediate starter without a second-round choice this year.

Meanwhile, it's looking like the Rams will not find a receiving weapon until the second round, at the earliest. We'll find out soon enough. The Rams are on the clock.

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