First and 10: Cardinals WR Michael Floyd

Michael Floyd wasn't the first receiver picked in the draft, but he might turn out to be the best. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

[Editor's Note: ESPN Playbook subjected 10 rising pro football stars to offbeat interviews at the recent NFLPA Rookie Premiere event in Los Angeles. Here's what transpired:]


Position: Wide receiver College: Notre Dame

Team: Arizona Cardinals 2012 NFL draft: First round (No. 13 overall)

ESPN Playbook: What has been your “Welcome to the NFL” moment?

Floyd: I would say when I got to minicamp for the first time, being on the field, seeing the facility for the first time since I visited Arizona [for a private workout before the draft]. It was great, knowing you’ve wanted to be here since you were a little kid. It’s like your dream of being an NFL player has come true.

What are you going to miss the most about college?

Just being with the guys I met while I was there. Coming in with the class I came in with, those 23 guys, we became close friends. You don’t really know what everyone is going to do now.

What are you looking forward to most about your new city?

Just getting to know the area, getting to know the people. It’s all about networking. Football doesn’t last forever, not for long. You always want to get the networking going, just in case you ever need it.

If you could get one rookie card from one player here, who would it be?

Shoot, I would have to say Nick Toon. He’s a good friend of mine from Wisconsin. Good guy, good receiver.

Who has the best college cheerleaders?

SC. Hands down, baby. SC. The blondes ... aww, yeah.

What are your offseason goals?

Just work hard and get better at my position in any way I can, and my goal for the team is just to help out however I can and be productive.

What was the NFL draft like for you?

I chose to go to New York because I’ve never been there, and it’s a one-chance-in-a-lifetime thing to do when you get invited, so I was really excited. The hug was cool. He’s a cool guy, Roger Goodell, and I was really excited I just got the opportunity to play in the NFL.

What's the biggest difference between being a college football star and a pro football player?

Being recognized when I go to the airport. You have to disguise yourself a little bit more. Wear some stunner shades, a hat, and you’ll be good.

Who would be the one celebrity -- athlete or otherwise -- you would like to meet?

Ooh ... I’d want to interview Meagan Good. Yeahhhh.

Jon Gold is a sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News and a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. You can find him on Twitter at @TheCoolSub or email him at jgold71@gmail.com.