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Sharrif Floyd | Defensive Tackle

Team: Florida Gators
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/28/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 298

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Vikings selected Florida DT Sharrif Floyd with the No. 23 overall pick.
Commonly mocked to the Raiders at No. 3 overall, Floyd suffered the biggest free fall of the night. A 6-foot-3, 297 classic three-technique interior rusher, Floyd finished his three-year Gators career with 26 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, three field goal blocks, and one forced fumble across 26 starts. Floyd ran 4.92 at the Combine with a 1.68 ten-yard split and 30-inch vertical. Deemed "without question" this draft's No. 1 player on tape by NFL Films guru Greg Cosell, Floyd is an up-field penetrator in the mold of Warren Sapp. He'll be a threat for 6-8 sacks as a rookie while serving as 32-year-old Kevin Williams' eventual successor. Thu, Apr 25, 2013 10:46:00 PM

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Date:'s Ian Rapoport writes that the Oakland Raiders like Florida DT Sharrif Floyd but want to trade back.

"The most likely team to move back, I hear, is Oakland. The Raiders have made no secret of their desire to slide back. And even if they really want Floyd -- like everyone thinks they do -- they still would have a good chance at snagging him at No. 5 or 7. And with the way the Raiders must rebuild, they need more picks," Rapoport wrote. This comes as little surprise, if true, as many have pegged Floyd to Oakland for a while now.
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 03:17:00 PM's Daniel Jeremiah writes Florida DT Sharrif Floyd could fall out of the top 10 if the Raiders pass on him at No. 3.

"The teams picking fourth through ninth either don't fit Floyd scheme-wise or they are set at the position. The Tennessee Titans (10th pick) would be his last hope to land in the top 10, barring a trade-up from another team," Jeremiah writes. We've speculated this before and it's definitely a possibility. Perhaps he will be an option for a team like the Carolina Panthers, provided someone like the San Francisco 49ers doesn't move up.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 03:17:00 PM

One NFL scout told Packers beat writer Bob McGinn that the "idiots on TV made" Florida DT Sharrif Floyd.

"He's not that good," the scout added. "He's not better than Ziggy Hood. Floyd's not a real bulky guy but he can run." Falcons general manager disagreed "He's quick, agile and plays with good leverage. He's a combination of almost all you're looking for at the position. He's an aggressive, disruptive, play-making tackle."
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 12:19:00 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah ranks Florida DL Sharrif Floyd as the third best prospect in this class.

"Floyd is an explosive and disruptive interior defensive lineman," Jeremiah writes. "He is ideally suited to play the 3-technique for a 4-3 team. He has an incredible motor and I expect him to make an immediate impact on all three downs." Floyd checks in one spot ahead of Lotulelei in Jeremiah's rankings.
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 01:11:00 PM

Denver Broncos VP John Elway says that this year's draft is not "top heavy".

"The draft this year is not top-heavy," said Elway. "So we feel like we can get as good a player at No. 28 as we could at 10. It's not like last year with (Andrew) Luck and RGIII (Robert Griffin III). The year before with Von (Miller) and (Marcell) Dareus and A.J. Green and Patrick Peterson — loaded top end. This is probably a deeper draft, but not nearly as many top impact guys." We agree with Elway and have said in the past that this draft's value is scattered all over the board, which makes it hard to gauge the value of the prospects.
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 06:09:00 PM

National Football Post's Russ Lande writes Florida DT Sharrif Floyd is a "scheme tweener".

"Floyd is a bit of a "scheme tweener" in that he has the body type of a one gap defensive tackle, but is often most effective playing as a two gap defender," Lande writes. "However, his ability to be as effective as a two gap defensive tackle in the NFL is a concern because of his tendency to lose leverage combined with his lack of ideal bulk/weight and arm length." We see Floyd's best fit as a 1-gap defender, shooting gaps and wreaking havoc in the backfield.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 03:52:00 PM

Florida DL Sharrif Floyd is visiting the Browns on Monday.

Floyd is rarely connected with the Browns at No. 6 due to the team's girth of young talent along their front three. However, this might end up being a best player available scenario, so the Browns are likely covering their bases. Floyd should be a top 10 pick, with the top three definitely in reach.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 10:54:00 AM

ESPN's Matt Williamson said there is "no way" that Florida DT Sharrif Floyd makes it out of the top three picks.

It is difficult to use definitive statements regarding draft day, but Williamson is a former NFL scout and has a good eye for prospects. We like Floyd quite a bit, but there are questions with his technique. He has the strength to work through blockers or the quickness to work around them, but we could see the Jaguars taking an edge rusher at No. 2 and the Raiders taking Geno Smith at No. 3.
Sun, Apr 7, 2013 04:02:00 PM

Florida DT Sharrif Floyd is visiting the Jaguars on Monday night through Tuesday.

Many have suggested the Jaguars will likely take an edge pass rusher or Geno Smith, but if Sharrif Floyd tops their board he will obviously be the pick. He projects as a three technique defensive tackle who is able to work through or around blockers to disrupt the backfield.
Mon, Apr 1, 2013 03:43:00 PM

Philadelphia Magazine's Tim McManus reports the Philadelphia Eagles will have Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher and Florida DT Sharrif Floyd for visits.

The team could use help at both positions, especially on the offensive side of the ball if left tackle Jason Peters doesn't come back healthy. Floyd is the most intriguing visit here because the Eagles are moving to a 3-4 defense and Floyd is widely viewed as a three technique. Perhaps this means the Eagles will be using 1-gap principles along the line, which would utilize Floyd's talents the best.
Source: Philly Mag
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 05:34:00 PM

SI's Chris Burke is not convinced that the Raiders would select DT Sharrif Floyd at pick No. 3 if he was available.

Burke notes that GM Reggie McKenzie does not run a "conventional wisdom" operation, and since Floyd has been mocked to the club so much it seems unlikely to happen at this point. Sheldon Richardson has frequently been mocked to the Panthers, and although it fits, we wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't happen.
Mon, Mar 25, 2013 11:31:00 AM

"A collection of Chiefs officials, including GM John Dorsey," will work out Florida DL Sharrif Floyd on Monday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

It will take place on the school's campus and fits under the "private workout" category. Floyd is not widely projected as the top pick in the draft, but some have deemed him this class' top prospect. He would likely play an end spot in the Chiefs' three man front.
Mon, Mar 25, 2013 10:58:00 AM

National Football Post's Russ Lande writes NFL teams want to know if Florida DT Sharrif Floyd can two-gap.

"However, viewed as an athletic defensive tackle who strength is shooting gaps and disrupting plays, NFL teams want to get a feel for his innate strength during this workout so they can determine if he can be an effective two-gap defensive tackle in the NFL," Lande writes. "This is even more of a concern after his arms measured under 32 inches at the Combine as many NFL teams feel that in order to be effective as a two-gapper you must have long arms to take on, lock-out, anchor and shed OL blocks."
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 03:07:00 PM

Florida DT Sharrif Floyd is scheduled to visit with three teams.

The three teams include the Kansas City Chiefs, Carolina Panthers and Tennessee Titans. All three teams need interior defensive line help and would welcome Floyd with open arms, but it's likely that only the Chiefs will have a shot at selecting him. The Chiefs hold the draft's top pick and could consider the defensive tackle there.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 04:50:00 PM