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Draft Spotlight - Day 19: Sharrif Floyd

Posted Apr 11, 2013

Spotlighting the former Gator DT, who earned First-Team All-SEC honors

The 2013 NFL Draft Spotlight series continues, as we preview one pro prospect per day, right up until the start of the draft, April 25-27. However, none of the reports in this series are indicative of who the Kansas City Chiefs plan to draft, with any of their currently-owned eight picks.

Day 19 of 32


Sharrif Floyd entered "The Swamp" with the Florida Gators as a successful football player and left even better. His success on the field likely felt easy, after enduring a rough childhood that included bouncing between multiple homes.

Perseverance paid off for Floyd, who as a Gator continued to get better, later named to the Coaches’ Freshman All-SEC squad in 2010, playing in all 13 games.

Fast forward to 2011, Floyd started the final 11 games at defensive end and tied for the team lead with four QB hurries, culminating with a 1.5-sack performance in the team’s 24-17 victory over Ohio State in the Gator Bowl.

During his 2012 campaign, Floyd appeared in and started all 13 games, becoming the first defensive lineman at Florida, since 2001, to earn All-America honors, recording 46 tackles on the season and led the team with 13.0 TFL.


Floyd later performed for NFL scouts, general managers and coaches at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

Combine stats:

40-yard dash (4.92 sec)
Vertical Jump (30.0 inches)
Broad Jump (106.0 inches)
3-Cone Drill (7.40 sec)
20-yard shuttle (4.75 sec)


What else should you know about Sharrif?


* Played in 37-career games (26 starts)

* 115-career tackles, 26.0 TFL, 4.5 sacks, one pass breakup, three blocked field goals and a forced fumble

* His three-career kick/punt blocks are tied for fifth in school history

STRENGTHS:

"He's one of my favorite players in this draft," Greg Cosell of NFL Films told Yahoo! Sports.

"He's an athlete playing defensive tackle. He's got athletic and explosive movement. He's really, really light on his feet, and what stands out to me is that there are other guys who can explode off the ball and are initially quick, but they don't have great balance and body control after that to make plays. But he does. The way I would describe Floyd is that he's a tackle-for-loss defensive tackle. He's very disruptive -- when he gets in the backfield, he actually makes the tackle."


QUESTIONS:

"Has shown improvement from 2011 and has natural ability to develop, but still a work in progress as a pass rusher," according to ESPN NFL DraftTracker.

"Outstanding combination of size, arm length, upper-body power and athleticism. Show very good change of direction skills for nearly 300 pounds. Flashes some power as a bull rusher when he fires out low and keeps pads low. Adequate awareness and gets arms up in time to disrupt throwing lanes. Consistently penetrates initially but doesn't have an answer when reached. Needs to develop a counter move. Not a natural finisher in this department. 4.5 sacks in 24 starts during last two collegiate seasons cannot be completely overlooked."


Name: Sharrif Floyd
Position: DT
Height: 6'3
Weight: 297
College: Florida
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

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