Sharrif Floyd DT Florida #73
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Size/Athleticism: On the smaller side for a defensive tackle. Only average height and overall size. But makes up for modest size and strength with impressive athleticism. Few interior offensive linemen can match his quickness.
Run Defense: Lacks the dominant strength to really anchor at the point of attack against the run. He can get pushed around, especially in double-team situations. Has the speed to make some plays in pursuit. Gives a strong effort in pursuit, always gets back up quickly and when he’s knocked down by a cut block. Needs to do a much better job keeping his eyes in the back field. He’s often slow to react to the direction of the play and offensive linemen can manipulate his direction as a result.
Pass Rush: Shows a nice array of pass rush moves from the interior. Strong upper body and active hands allows him to fight his way through the interior offensive line. Bull rush works occasionally in one-on-one matchups, but typically needs to disengage from a block and work his way around the lineman to slip into the backfield. Not the type of pass rusher that plows through the middle of the line immediately off the snaps; he simply lacks that type of power and explosion. Inconsistent off the snap; often the last one to move.
Versatility: Has experience lining up at end in 3-4 sets and tackle in the 4-3. However, he’s a much better fit as a three-technique tackle in a 4-3 defense. He lacks the strength to handle the duties of
Intangibles: Not significant positives or negatives.
Durability: No significant injuries of note.
Comments: Floyd is a prototypical three-technique tackle who can be an asset as a pass rusher from the interior line. However, he isn’t a complete player due to his struggles against the run. His grades will vary based on the team. Certain teams want to have a guy like Floyd who can pin his ears back and go after the quarterback (the Lions use Ndamukong Suh in this way, for example). But other teams want a more well-rounded player who can be an asset on all three downs. Floyd may draw interest from 3-4 teams because he has the basic tools necessary to play the 3-4 end position, but he lacks the strength to really excel at the position. Overall, I give him a late 1st-round grade. But as a 3-4 end, he’s more of a late-2nd-round prospect.