Vikings Draft Capsule: DT Sharrif Floyd

Vikings Draft Capsule: DT Sharrif Floyd

March 29, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Mark Strotman

Sharrif Floyd (DT), Florida

6-3 | 297 lbs.

Projection:

Top-10

Stats:

46 tackles, 13 TFL, 6.5 sacks, first team All-SEC

Strengths:

Floyd is an impressive combination of size, speed and agility who can play anywhere on the defensive line (in either a 3-4 or a 4-3). He's still learning the position, but he uses his hands well to shed blockers and is able to split gaps and get around interior linemen with ease. He showed signs of pass-rushing ability, but he's stellar in shedding blocks in the run game. No off-the-field concerns, and actually he's dealt with a rough upbringing that should give him a chip on the shoulder heading to the NFL.

Weaknesses:

Floyd is still more of an athlete than a football player, which isn't necessarily a bad thing but can get him in trouble in the technique-driven NFL. He has a tendency to stand up at times, but his elite athleticism allows him to make up for it more times than that. There are few red flags with Floyd, who could become a defensive line's anchor for the next 10 years.

Fit for the Vikings:

Floyd falling to the Vikings was one of the bigger stories of the first round. Originally thought to be a top 10 selection, Floyd was picked up by the Vikings and will fill a need on the defensive line next to Kevin Williams. Floyd seems to be a better fit for a 4-3 defense, and with a good camp, Floyd could slide his way into the starting line up by Week 1.