Larry Fitzgerald asked — and he received.
Fitzgerald raised lots of eyebrows earlier this week when he told Sports Illustrated’s Peter King that he was hoping beyond hope that the Cardinals would pick WR Michael Floyd, a good buddy of his from back home in Minnesota, with their first pick of the draft.
His plea did not fall on deaf ears.
The hope in the desert is that Floyd, whose stock has risen high enough recently for many experts to rank him on a par with Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon, will give Fitzgerald the potent partner-in-crime in the Cardinals’ passing attack that he hasn’t had since Anquan Boldin bolted to Baltimore.
Floyd does have some well-documented issues. He was arrested for a DUI in March 2011, but he insists he has changed after going through counseling. But with Fitzgerald serving as his mentor, the odds are pretty good that Floyd will stay on the straight and narrow.
Floyd was extremely productive at Notre Dame, finishing with 37 TDs and averaging 13.6 yards per catch. He plays with extreme confidence, and it’s definitely worth noting, for the sake of Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams, that Floyd is also a ferocious blocker.
Fitzgerald, Floyd and Early Doucet, who re-signed after a strong 2011 campaign, give the Cardinals a WR trio with the potential to be on a par with the group of Fitzgerald, Boldin and Steve Breaston, which was such a force the year the Cardinals went to the Super Bowl. All three receivers surpassed 1,000 yards in receiving that year.
The Cardinals are also expecting more out of second-year TE Rob Housler, who missed four games last year with a hamstring injury. He is an extremely fast seam-buster who could wreak some havoc in multiple sets.
The weapons in Arizona are coming into place. Now all that has to happen is for QB Kevin Kolb to take much better advantage of what appear to be greatly improved options.