Thursday, April 26, 2012
Floyd becomes highest ND pick since '94
By Matt Fortuna
Michael Floyd's place in Notre Dame history grew even bigger Thursday night when he was taken by the Cardinals with the 13th overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Floyd became the highest former Irish player taken since 1994, when defensive tackle Bryant Young was selected seventh by the 49ers. He became the first Notre Dame receiver taken in the first round since 1988, when the Raiders took Tim Brown sixth. And he became the school's highest offensive pick since 1993, when Rick Mirer and Jerome Bettis were selected second and 10th by the Seahawks and Rams, respectively.
"I could not be happier for Michael and his family," coach Brian Kelly said in a statement. "I've said many times I have never coached a person as talented as Michael, and his selection tonight shows that. Michael's work ethic and passion for football are unparalleled and fans of the Cardinals will love the productivity he'll bring to Arizona’s offense."
Overcoming three alcohol-related brushes with the law, Floyd returned to school for his senior year this past fall and set a single-season school record with 100 receptions. He blitzed through pre-draft evaluations with strong combine and pro day showings, watching his stock soar from a fringe first-rounder to being invited to Radio City, where commissioner Roger Goodell called his name and later embraced him. Now he will team with fellow Minnesota native Larry Fitzgerald, becoming one-half of what has the makings to be one of the NFL's top 1-2 receiving punches.
Floyd leaves Notre Dame as its career leader in receptions (271), receiving yards (3,686), touchdown receptions (37), receiving yards per game (85.7) and 100-yard receiving games (17).