Gators in the NFL Draft: Sharrif Floyd


Florida defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Floyd is projected as a possible first round pick in Thursday's NFL Draft. (AP Photo)

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 8:59 p.m.

SHARRIF FLOYD

Position: Defensive tackle

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 297 pounds

Projected round: First.

VITAL STATS

Floyd played in 37 games in his Florida career, starting 26. He recorded 115 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, one pass breakup, three blocked field goals and a forced fumble. His three kick/punt blocks are tied for the fifth-most in school history. In 2012, he became the first Gator defensive lineman to earn All-American honors since 2001. Before signing with the Gators, he was a five-star prospect coming out of George Washington High School in Philadelphia.

WORKOUT NUMBERS

At the NFL Combine, Floyd ran the 40-yard dash in 4.92 seconds, had a vertical jump of 30 inches, had a broad jump of 106 inches, did the three-cone drill in 7.40 seconds and the 20-yard shuttle in 4.75 seconds.

STRENGTHS

Strong and explosive player who disrupts plays and can be a dominating force in the middle. Floyd has a quick first step that allows him to penetrate and get into opposing backfields to create negative plays. He consistently plays with great effort and is a reliable teammate who was never in trouble off the field at Florida.

WEAKNESSES

Has a tendency to play too high at times, which allows offensive linemen to get under his pads and block him. Despite his strength, quickness and ability to run, Floyd recorded only 4.5 sacks during his three seasons at UF. Playing out of position (end) in his sophomore season may have slowed his growth at defensive tackle.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

“Showed exceptional power and athleticism in Indy, and he's still rounding into peak form short of his 21st birthday. He could be great in a 3-4 or a 4-3. He made major strides as the season progressed, the improvement in part stemming from a positional change and consistently improving technique. A star coming out of high school, Floyd has quickness for his size and an immensely powerful lower half, and he will drive linemen into the backfield.” — ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

“Effort, consistency, playmaking ability. Plays the game like it should be played, down in and down out. For a defensive lineman to play as hard as he does for as many plays as he does throughout the game is pretty impressive. He commands a lot of respect from opposing offenses. You see a lot of double teams. You see him changing the game. He's a game-changer at the college level. He may not have the so-called sack production, but he disrupts a lot of plays.” — Jacksonville Jaguars GM David Caldwell

"In my eyes there is no road-block that is going to stop me. A lot of people ask me, 'Do you feel as though your arms are short?,' and I say, 'I don't play like my arms are short.' So my tape speaks for itself and the type of person I am speaks for itself. My coach at Florida (Will Muschamp) said, ‘Once they watch your film, they'll see what you do. You're a disruptor.' That's my game. Everything else falls into place. When you look at my film, you understand what I can do.” — Sharrif Floyd

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