Sharrif Floyd   DT   Florida

TALENT BOARD ROUND  1

 

STRENGTHS

Sharrif is an excellent run stuffing defensive tackle.  He uses really solid techniques, keeping his shoulders square to the line of scrimmage and  keeping offensive linemen off of his body to shed and make tackles in the hole. He has the lateral agility that you look for in a defensive tackle for stopping the run, but don't be fooled, he is quick off the snap and can play more than one position on the defensive line in multiple fronts.  He has solid change of direction skills, which makes him more than just a "push the pocket" pass rusher for the next level. For his size, Sharrif  shows decent foot quickness and will string out running plays easily to make a tackle behind the line of scrimmage on sweeps when playing on the outside in a 4-3 alignment.  He has the overall athletic talent to play in both a 1-gap or 2-gap style of defense which is a big plus when looking for defensive lineman in a draft.

 

CONCERNS

As with all big defensive linemen, stamina is an issue for training camp, practices and a 16 game schedule in the NFL.  But that's normal.  He will also have to get stronger, but once again that is normal.  He had some off field issues, but nothing I think the NFL is that concerned with. The NCAA was, but not the NFL. He will need to watch his weight.  There are still some technique issues he will have to work to improve; specifically, better power pass rushing moves.  Improving his pass rush will separate him in the future from just being a good defensive player to make him an impact defensive player.  It will be up to him.

 

BOTTOM LINE

The talent is there.  Sharrif does need to improve his football intangibles and instincts because at this point in his career they are a bit dormant.  It will take hard work; therefore, it will be up to Sharrif if he wants to raise his level of play to impact in the NFL.  He seems to be a natural run stuffer with excellent potential to be more than a push the pocket pass rusher -- that alone should make him a very early selection in this draft. He is as talented as Marcell Dareus when he came out in the draft...not as big and not as powerful, but he has the same type of talent.  If there are no off field issues for the NFL to be concerned about, I would suspect Sharrif will be selected early in this draft.  How early he is selected I think will be more on need and that means he could go at any point in the 1st round. 

 

Drew "The B.S. Detector" Boylhart

Feb/2013