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Sharrif Floyd | Defensive Lineman

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/28/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 305
College: Florida
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Vikings second-year DT Sharrif Floyd admitted he ballooned up to 330 pounds as a rookie.
Floyd weighed in at 6'3/297 at last year's Combine. He gave up eating meat this past March and is back down to 300. This could obviously be to blame for Floyd's sluggish rookie year. He didn't make much of an impact as a pass rusher or play the run that well. Now, Floyd's being counted on to start next to Linval Joseph. Some believe Floyd can be coach Mike Zimmer's next Geno Atkins. Aug 22 - 9:43 AM

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Second-year DT Sharrif Floyd is expected to start at 3-technique this season.

Kevin Williams signed with the Seahawks last week, confirming Floyd's big chance. He'll slide in as Mike Zimmer's new Geno Atkins, and certainly has the athletic ability to improve significantly on an underwhelming rookie year. Floyd's only competition is free agent pickup Tom Johnson.
Jun 18 - 10:07 AM

Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd says he's excited to play for new coach Mike Zimmer.

Floyd, the No. 23 pick in last April's draft, projects to fill the Geno Atkins role as an interior pass rusher in Minnesota. He recorded 2.5 sacks as a rookie while rotating in behind Kevin Williams. Williams is now a free agent and may not return. NFL Films guru Greg Cosell called Floyd "without question" the top talent in the 2013 draft. Floyd drew comparisons to Warren Sapp last winter.
Jan 17 - 12:33 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee scope) is "100 percent fine," and could play were it the regular season.

Floyd is just one week removed from going under the knife, but has 13 more days to heal up. His health has taken on increased importance after DT Kevin Williams injured his knee in Sunday's preseason game. Floyd would be thrust into the starting lineup if Williams' MRI turned up something serious.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 10:02:00 AM

Vikings rookie DT Sharrif Floyd underwent a "minor" left knee scope Monday, but the team expects him back by Week 1.

An initial MRI showed no structural damage, but Floyd was still having problems with the left knee and opted for the scope. He's not being counted on as a starter, anyway, so the missed camp reps aren't especially significant. The No. 23 overall pick will rotate in behind Kevin Williams at three technique.
Mon, Aug 19, 2013 05:44:00 PM

Vikings rookie DT Sharrif Floyd's MRI revealed no damage to his left knee.

Floyd went down in Minnesota's preseason opener. "Everything is fine," said the first-round pick. "It was nothing to be scared about. If I had to go back in, I could have gone back in." Floyd batted down a pass and notched a tackle for loss against the Texans. He will rotate in behind Kevin Williams this year.
Sun, Aug 11, 2013 07:00:00 PM

Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd will undergo an MRI on his left knee.

Floyd's injury from Friday's preseason opener was originally believed to be no big deal, but he woke up "more sore" on Sunday than he was on Saturday. The move is likely just a precaution, but it wouldn't be the first injury to go from minor to major in a hurry. Stay tuned.
Sun, Aug 11, 2013 12:58:00 PM

Viking signed No. 23 overall pick DT Sharrif Floyd to a four-year contract.

Projected as a top-three pick at various points throughout the draft process, Floyd ended up slipping all the way to 23. The comparisons to Warren Sapp don't stop there. Floyd is a classic three-technique interior rusher that has the potential to penetrate up the field consistently. He'll likely serve a rotational role as a rookie before becoming a full-time player once Kevin Williams moves on.
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 10:01:00 AM

Cowboys DC Monte Kiffin and DL coach Rod Marinelli didn't think DT Sharrif Floyd was "quick-twitch" enough to excel in their 4-3 defense.

Cowboys scouts graded Floyd as a top-ten player, but the coaching staff was less impressed. The team has only an aging Jay Ratliff and converted 3-4 end Jason Hatcher as starting tackles. But when it was time to pick at No. 18 overall, Jerry Jones traded down. Floyd, who ended up going 23rd overall, should enter his rookie season with a big chip on his shoulder.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Tue, Jul 2, 2013 09:27:00 AM

Vikings first-round DT Sharrif Floyd took reps with the first-team nickel defense in Wednesday's minicamp practice.

Floyd lined up next to NT Letroy Guion, in place of three-technique Kevin Williams. Floyd isn't expected to take overtake Williams in year one, but he's certainly viewed by the organization as the future at the position. He'll still see plenty of snaps this season as a rotational lineman.
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 09:04:00 PM

DallasCowboys.com's Bryan Broaddus reports the Cowboys had DT Sharrif Floyd in the top-ten on their draft board.

That would imply the Cowboys had eventual first-round pick Travis Frederick rated higher, as Floyd was still there for the taking when they traded down from No. 18 to No. 31. Floyd would have helped smooth the transition for a team that's switching from a 3-4 to 4-3 scheme, and has questions along the interior of its defensive line.
Wed, May 1, 2013 05:14:00 PM

After speaking with scouts, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport couldn't find "one reason" why DT Sharrif Floyd fell to the Vikings at No. 23.

"He just kinda did," was Rapoport's finding. "So many like him as a player." Floyd was mocked as high as the Raiders at No. 3, but was viewed as a poor fit for 3-4 defenses. His lack of college production likely worked against him, as well. Floyd will be eased in behind veteran Kevin Williams as a rookie.
Tue, Apr 30, 2013 07:55:00 PM

Prior to the draft, the Vikings "hadn't even discussed" a scenario in which they landed No. 23 pick Sharrif Floyd because they assumed he'd be long gone before they went on the clock.

If the post-draft stories are to be believed, the Packers had the same approach with Aaron Rodgers in 2005. They took him only because Rodgers was such great value late in the first round, and that panned out pretty well. "I can't tell you how excited coach (Leslie) Frazier and coach (Alan) Williams are right now along with our scouting staff," said GM Rick Spielman. Floyd will compete with Kevin Williams for snaps at three-technique tackle as a rookie.
Mon, Apr 29, 2013 01:03:00 PM

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-2 5/8, 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 10:45:00 PM

NFL Draft insider Tony Pauline reports the Raiders are now "unlikely" to draft Florida DT Sharrif Floyd, even if they stay put at No. 3.

One source close to the situation insisted "the mock draft community is overrating Sharrif Floyd." Pauline believes Floyd could now slip to the Titans at No. 10. We've had a sneaking suspicion all along Floyd might last on the board later than people expect. While he has great ability, Floyd's college production was below average and he is a one-scheme player limited to 4-3 defenses.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 04:12:00 PM

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