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Eagles 2013 Draft Prospect Profile: DT Sharrif Floyd

Background

Name: Sharrif Floyd

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Position: Defensive Tackle

Height: 6′ 3″

Weight: 297 pounds

School: Florida Gators

Conference: SEC

Accomplishments: High School All-American, 5 Star recruit out of high school, 26 tackles for a loss in college, All-Freshman SEC Team (2010), First Team Defense AP All-SEC (2012), First All-American DL from Florida Since 2001

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.92 seconds

Vertical Jump: 30.0 inches

Broad Jump: 106 inches

3 Cone Drill: 7.4 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.75 seconds

Grade by NFL.com: 93.5

Strengths

Floyd is incredibly athletic and possesses a quickness that is hard to find in defensive tackles. One of his strengths that has allowed him to become one of the best lineman in the country is his ability to get through the offensive line and rush, sack, or contain the quarterback. When unable to break through, his long and muscular arms allow him to slow and bring down ball carries before they break out into the open field.

Another part of his talent are is ferocious hands which he uses to get past blockers on his way to the quarterback or ball carrier. The last important aspect of his game is that he improved tremendously each year at Florida. With more coaching, and learning from some of the other great defensive lineman on the team, Floyd’s best football is certainly still ahead of him.

Weaknesses

Some of the issues that were noted at the combine include the fact that since he has such long legs, it causes him to lose flexibility as well as give him problems when he is trying to anchor. Another negative aspect that needs improvement is his closing speed which is necessary when chasing down quarterbacks or ball carriers that have run to the outside of the box.

Even though he is very quick and agile, Floyd tends to not maintain the same level of intensity and quickness each play which is concerning if he is to play a significant role on defense. His stamina would need to improve if he were to be a valuable asset next season. Other minor weaknesses include: a torn ACL in high school and the fact that he was never able to focus on one position or skill in college because he changed positions a few times.

Should The Eagles Draft Him?

Floyd would play DE in the 3-4.

All in all, Floyd would play an important role on the defensive line next season if he were to be drafted. With the defensive scheme switch to a 3-4, it is likely that Fletcher Cox will move to the 5-technique end position which would leave the 3-technique end position open for competition, especially after the release of Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins. If drafted, he would certainly continue to develop and evolve into a quality player for the Eagles, the team he grew up watching.

Lastly, other teams who are interested in Floyd include the Oakland Raiders (#3 draft pick) and the Carolina Panthers (#14). No matter where he lands, look for Sharrif Floyd to become one of the most intriguing young defensive players, who will undoubtedly become one of the better defensive lineman in the NFL.

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  1. Eagles To Work Out Florida DT Sharrif Floyd | Khandyman Sports - March 27, 2013

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