Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd skipped his senior season in favor of the 2013 NFL Draft. The athletic big man has generated a buzz for his stock through strong efforts during the draft season.
Soaring up the board
At defensive end in 2011, Floyd posted 46 tackles, with 6.5 going for a loss. He moved back to his natural interior spot in '12 and enjoyed another strong year: 46 tackles (13 for loss) and 6.5 sacks.
Extremely athletic for his size (6-foot-2 5/8, 297 pounds) - 30-inch vertical, 4.92 40-yard dash
Powerful hands and upper body
Gets skinny through gaps and displays excellent lateral agility
Versatile - effective at both 4-3 line positions - stout enough to play 5-technique
Has improved each year - tremendous upside, with his best football still ahead of him
Overcame a rough upbringing - strong character guy in the locker room
Impressive short-area explosiveness
Appears at his best on slants to knife through the line
Needs to improve flexibility and knee bend
Winds up on the ground far more than you'd like to see
Could improve as a closer when in pursuit
Vision for the ball carrier has to improve
Struggles to maintain his level of quickness off the snap throughout games
Expected draft placement
Floyd is emerging as the top defensive lineman in the draft class on many boards, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him come off the board as such.
The Oakland Raiders (No. 3) are desperately looking for this kind of interior force, so Floyd makes a lot of sense here. The Philadelphia Eagles (No. 4) could look to him as a 3-4 end, and it seems crazy to think he will slide past the Carolina Panthers (No. 14).
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