2012 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Cardinals

2012 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Cardinals

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Michael Floyd could have entered the 2011 NFL Draft, but decided to return to the Fighting Irish. With great height, hands, and size, he has the potential to be a very good possession receiver in the NFL. A very reliable receiver who can work defenses anywhere on the field. He is very good at the point of attack and displays a great knack at beating press coverage. Whether it is using his hands to disengage or simply shielding defenders away from the ball, Floyd can separate from his man in short spaces. Gifted with long arms and the ability to climb the ladder, he can make plays on deep balls. He is not blessed with elite speed, but can adequately challenge corners down the field. Durability and character concerns may end up hurting his draft stock. He was arrested for a DUI in 2010 and was charged with underage drinking the year before. Notre Dame opted to suspend him during their summer practices. At the next level, he projects as an very good No. 2 receiver. He lacks the necessary explosion off the line and suddenness in his route running to be a true top-flight No. 1 receiver. He will need to get stronger in his lower body since he is an average blocker. Given his si... [Read More]
Jamell Fleming is an above-average cover corner that excels in man and off-man coverages. Fleming was a two year starter while with the Oklahoma Sooners. He's got a great mix of size, speed and physical play. When jamming at the line of scrimmage, he's aggressive enough to hold his own but sometimes lacks proper technique and will need to clean up some potential flag-inducing habits. Fleming can 'play on an island' and cover receivers downfield. He's a reliable tackler and can go after the ball in the air. He is the right weight for a corner and should have no trouble hanging tough with the game's big elite receivers like Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. He's got a really great, long backpedal. As he continues to grow as a player, he'll need to improve his pre-snap fundamentals. In zone coverage, he is a step slow to react to the ball. Fleming also needs better timing with his feet when making his jam at the line. He's not a great tackler and will need to fine tune that part of his game.... [Read More]
Massie was a starter at right tackle for almost all of three seasons at Mississippi. He played in all 13 games as a freshman in 2009 and made five starts, as Ole Miss allowed the second fewest sacks in the SEC and saw Dexter McCluster finish with the second-most single-season rushing yardage in school history. Massie was a full-time starter ever since, creating big holes for productive running back Brandon Bolden. The Rebels did not have a good year in 2011, especially not on offense. But that was in part due to an injury to Bolden and mostly disappoint play from the skill positions. Massie has great size at 6'6'' and 325 pounds. He generally runs around a 5.15 in the 40-yard dash and he has been clocked as fast as 5.04 from that distance. The Lynchburg, VA native is an impressive athlete for a man of his size and that may actually allow him to emerge as a left tackle at the next level. As he gets adjusted to life in the NFL, of course, his first job will be to remain at right tackle for some team. Massie has long arms and quick feet, both of which allow him to be especially dominant in pass-blocking. If he wants to improve in one department it should be in staying low when firi... [Read More]
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Ryan Lindley is a bit of a hit or miss quarterback prospect who has some real strong points to his game (in addition to some deficiencies, which could ultimately hurt his draft stock and possibly push him into an undrafted free agent). Lindley has the right height and size to be an NFL quarterback. As one might assume, he possesses a very strong arm and delivers the football with zip. It appears he has learned to put a little more touch on the shorter passes rather than fire it in as hard as he can. When moving in and out of the pocket at his own pace, he can still throw an accurate ball. His long legs create big strides which can cause trouble for him in tight spaces. It takes time for him to get moving and if his feet are calm, he can become very inaccurate. If he has to deal with pressure up the middle, he doesn't shuffle and gather his feet to throw cleanly, which again causes inaccurate passes. His throwing motion is a bit all over the place, but that's something NFL teams can improve upon in practice. A strong combine could push him into the middle rounds but for now, he's a risky pick after a sub par showing in the Senior Bowl.... [Read More]
Boise State Broncos offensive tackle prospect Nate Potter has all the great qualities scouts are going to want out of an offensive lineman. He is a touch lean in his build which will likely relegate him to the right side of the line. Potter has above-average footwork and can slide and glide off the snap. He shows good range and can seal the edge well against top notch athletes. Potter has a good knee-bend and is a natural at keeping a good center of gravity. He's not a hefty guy, so he'll need to show a better base when dealing with bull rushers. In zone-based schemes, he'll be a natural. For teams that use a lot of drive-blocking, he will need work and some added bulk. The key for him will be adding good muscle (especially in his bottom half), so he can better explode his hips when pushing defenders around. Some teams may disagree, but Potter isn't a true left tackle prospect. He'll end up becoming a solid pro. He lacks the strength and attacking style to end up reliable starter so he needs to adjust to a professional style of play.... [Read More]

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