Sharrif Floyd has risen faster up draft boards than almost any other prospect since the 2012 College Football Season ended. The reason for this rise is that the closer you scrutinize both his play and his character, the more impressed you will be with this young man. Floyd has dealt with adversity both on and off the field, and has dealt with these problems exceptionally. Floyd is one of the players who is in contention for the top pick in the draft. The Chiefs were in Gainesville to work him out on March 26th. The reason he has risen so quickly and solidified a spot at the top of the draft is that he is one of the few players in this year's selection process, who's tape matches his workout numbers.
Floyd finished last season with 46 tackles, 13 TFL and 3 sacks. These numbers don't jump off the page but when you watch the games, he does everything right and he has a great motor. The last two seasons he was coached by future Seahawks defensive coordinator, Dan Quinn, and as a direct result he has shown fantastic gap discipline over that time. Rarely does he over-pursue, and he is great against the run. This explains the relative lack of sacks. Also, his sophomore season, Floyd played defensive end for the Gators. The Gators lacked any true edge rushers and he managed to fill in well. He has shown the ability to play in many different spots along the defensive line, something scouts love about him.
So why should the Eagles draft Floyd? Well I think he is as close to a sure thing as there is in the 2013 draft class. There are a lot of players with questions both on and off the field in this year's draft, and he stands above these players because of his discipline in both areas. He also has the ability to play with a high motor as an every down defensive tackle. He is somewhat of a safe pick in my opinion, but I think that he has great potential and a relatively low downside.
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