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Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected as the 13th pick overall by the Arizona Cardinals.

Irish receiver goes at No. 13 to Cards

Michael Floyd added his name to former Notre Dame players selected in the first round of the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound receiver was selected with the No. 13 overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night.

“I never really thought I would be in this position right now,” Floyd said before the draft. “I’ve worked hard, and people in my life have worked hard to get me to this point.”

Floyd is the 62nd Irish player to be taken in the opening round, according to statistics provided by the NFL.

He is the first Notre Dame player taken in the first round since quarterback Brady Quinn was selected with the No. 22 pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2007.

Floyd’s selection on the draft’s first night also matches how many Irish players were chosen in last year’s draft. Tight end Kyle Rudolph, who was selected in the second round by the Minnesota Vikings, was the only player drafted out of Notre Dame in 2011.

Floyd was the first Notre Dame receiver to be taken in the first round since Tim Brown was drafted by the Oakland Raiders with the No. 6 pick in 1988.

He is the fourth Irish receiver to be drafted in the first round,.

Jack Snow was the first when he was taken with the No. 8 pick by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1965 draft.

Floyd was the highest Notre Dame player picked since defensive tackle Bryant Young went No. 7 to the San Francisco 49ers in 1994.

He was the highest Notre Dame offensive player selected since quarterback Rick Mirer went No. 2 to the Seattle Seahawks and running back Jerome Bettis went No. 10 to the Los Angeles Rams in 1993.

Floyd left Notre Dame as the school’s all-time leader in receptions (266), receiving yards (3,645), touchdown receptions (36), receiving yards per game (86.8) and 100-yard receiving games (17).

He led the Irish with 100 receptions, 1,147 receiving yards and nine touchdowns last season.

Floyd had to deal with questions about his character as his senior season was put in doubt before his final spring practice with the Irish. He was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated March 20, 2011.

It was Floyd’s third alcohol-related brush with the law since 2009 and he was suspended from the team for the 2011 spring practice that season. He was reinstated before the 2011 season.

tkrausz@jg.net

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