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Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Stocks continuing to rise for Floyd, Smith

By Matt Fortuna

Michael Floyd and Harrison Smith remain the second-best prospects in the NFL draft among receivers and safeties Insider, respectively, according to Mel Kiper Jr. But both have been steadily climbing up the draft boards ever since their impressive combine performances nearly two weeks ago.

Each player moved up three spots this week on Kiper's Big Board Insider, with Floyd coming in at No. 12 and Smith at No. 18. Only Floyd makes the cut in Kiper's and Todd McShay's third mock drafts, released Wednesday.

Kiper has the receiver going No. 13 Insider, to the Arizona Cardinals.
Offensive line would be the more obvious pick here, but I want to see what the Cardinals do in free agency first. Floyd would be a great complement to Larry Fitzgerald in that offense, and give the Cardinals an enviable pair of guys that can work underneath, go deep and also post up smaller defensive backs in the red zone. Outside of the offensive line, Floyd is as much as you could do to help a quarterback.

McShay, like many, thinks Floyd is Chicago-bound at No. 19 Insider.
Chicago needs a big target who can make plays downfield and take advantage of the strong arm of QB Jay Cutler, and while Floyd isn't the most sudden athlete he shows on tape the ability to be an impact player in the vertical passing game. Running a 4.47-second 40-yard dash at the combine helped solidify him as a top-25 prospect.