Wide receiver was an area of need for the Arizona

first_imgWide receiver was an area of need for the Arizona Cardinals. ButCardinals’ brass has been touting all the while that they won’t draftfor need, instead they opt for the best available player.Well, the worlds of need and talent collided in Arizona’s first rounddraft pick when they selected Notre Dame wide receiver MichaelFloyd with the 13th overall selection of the 2012 NFL Draft.“We got a player who can change field position very quickly, andwhen you couple that with the guys we already have – Larry, Andreand Early – we feel like it gives us a very good receiving corps,”Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday night. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Top Stories “There’s been a lot of talk about us needing a number two (receiver)and we’ve said all along that we felt like we’ve had some goodyoung players and we’ve added another player to that mix who’sphysical, fast, big and can make some of those back shouldercatches and red zone plays.”Floyd starred for four years at Notre Dame, and leaves South Bendas the school’s all-time leading receiver with 271 catches. But healso had a tumultuous stay in South Bend that included an arrestfor DUI and a team suspension. Apparently, those did not serve asred flags for the Cardinals’ organization during their pre-draft visitwith Floyd.“One of the things that stood out to me was his honesty,”Whisenhunt said. “We asked him some pretty tough questionsabout his past and he was very honest.“We emphasized the importance to him about some of our playersand how important they are to the community and what types ofrole models they are.”The immediate thought by most Cardinal fans when Floyd’s namewas called was how Floyd would be able to learn from Pro Bowlreceiver Larry Fitzgerald. But Floyd will help Fitz and others as well. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation “It gives us another target, which we think will help take pressureoff the quarterback,” Whisenhunt said. “Obviously, we’re excitedabout potentially taking pressure off of Larry. A lot of defenses arescheming to try and do that.” Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img

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