In a pick that came as a bit of a surprise, the Arizona Cardinals have selected Minnesota native Michael Floyd with the thirteenth pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Floyd, who grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School, played his college football at the University of Notre Dame. In thirteen games for the Fighting Irish last season, Floyd caught 100 passes for 1,147 yards and nine touchdowns. He had a DUI conviction prior to the season, resulting in him being suspended from the team, but Irish coach Brian Kelly lifted the suspension before the season started. Floyd was not, however, allowed to resume his role as team captain.
Floyd will team with another Minnesota native, Larry Fitzgerald, with the Cardinals, giving them a pair of pass catchers that will give opposing defenses fits. The pick comes as a bit of a surprise for the Cardinals, but I think it's a good one. We'll have to see if Floyd can keep himself on the straight and narrow down in Arizona. Here's hoping that he can.