Sharrif Floyd's determination comes from an unusual source. (USAT Sports Images)
Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd has blown analysts away all the way through the pre-draft process. He didn't participate in Florida's recent pro day due to a slight ankle injury he suffered at the combine, but Floyd got on the field on Friday, and confirmed everything we already knew, based on the tape. When he's told to go get after his goal, Floyd is a impressive force.
At 6-foot-3 and 297 pounds, Floyd is a surprisingly advanced player for his experience level (just one full season as a starter), and after starting the final 11 games of the 2011 season at defensive end, he anchored inside in 2012 and dominated nearly every opponent he faced. He put together 46 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss, one sack in the regular season, and two in the Sugar Bowl against Louisville. The third-ranked Gators lost that game in a 33-23 upset, but Floyd had made his mark. Stack all that on top of a combine performance in which he clocked a 4.92 in the 40-yard dash, and it's easy to see why he's at the top of the list at his position.
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Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Floyd's game, and this is more important than ever in an NFL that has multiple fronts and wants its linemen to move around, is the fact that he can move all around the defensive line. From end to nose tackle, he can do it all.
"I feel great, knowing that the hard part is done," Floyd told Charles Davis of the NFL Network after his workout was done. "A lot of teams like what I do, and that's a good thing. Now, it's just time to sit back, focus in the draft, and let them do what they've got to do."
As he did throughout his collegiate career, Floyd was relentless on the field, doing rep after rep in position drills. He was in great shape, and didn't seem to flag at all.
"He was fast, he was strong, and he was agile," Davis said of Floyd on the NFL Network's Path to the Draft show. "You name it, he was ready to go today."
"I wasn't going to stop until he told me to stop," Floyd said of the position drills. "I wasn't going to say, 'I'm done.'"Read More »from With his pro day in the books, Sharrif Floyd impresses on and off the field