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Following their recent tradition, the Minnesota Vikings have begun to sign their first-round picks on the day the team is reporting to Mankato, Minn., for the start of training camp.
Last year, No. 4 overall pick Matt Kalil signed on reporting day, and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, selected with the No. 23 overall pick in April's draft signed Thursday. Floyd is the first of three first-round selections for Minnesota to sign.
"He's quick twitch," Vikings defensive coordinator Alan Williams said of Floyd at minicamp in June. "He can anchor in the run. He's very disruptive at the (3-technique) and he has good pass rush moves. I know his stats may not have shown it. But he's been tremendous in these (organized team activities). He's another one we can't wait to get the pads on to kind of see what happens when we get the pads on, if he's still productive.
"And the one thing about him," Williams added of Floyd, "I was just mentioning a second ago about young guys playing situational football, and the situations are new to them and they make some mistakes. But he's game ready. He had a good coach at Florida and they prepared him well. So it's not too much different what we're doing here so a lot of things translate over to what he did in college. We're looking for good things from him."
The Vikings are still waiting on cornerback Xavier Rhodes (the No. 25 pick) and receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (No. 29) to agree to terms on their rookie contracts. With Floyd signing, there are eight first-round picks left to sign.
Floyd was the highest-drafted defensive tackle by Minnesota since it selected Kevin Williams No. 9 overall in 2009. Floyd is the likely heir to the six-time Pro Bowler William's starting spot. Williams reworked his contract this offseason to guarantee his 2013 salary, but had the 2014 season voided from the contract in the process.
Floyd, 22, earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors in 2012. He finished his three seasons at Florida with 115 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. He's expected to mainly backup Williams in his first season and be part of a rotation.
Floyd was projected to go as high as No. 3 in the draft, but unexpectedly fell to Minnesota at No. 23.
"Nervousness that he fell, and how much we were going to have to wait," Williams said of his feelings during the draft. "We had a little space in there and he kept falling and falling. And boy I'll tell you, when it got down to close to us, just nervousness that, 'Hey, he's right within our grasp, but is he really going to be there when we pick.?' Jubilation, you name it. We felt it when we had it. He's a good, good football player."
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