Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 4/25/13
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings are known for ending the fall of top prospects in the NFL Draft. They did it again Thursday. Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd was once considered a potential top-five pick, but he slipped to No. 23 before Minnesota ended his slide with the first of two first-round picks. Floyd, 21, was an early entrant, coming off a season in which he had 46 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and three sacks for the Gators. The 6-foot-3, 297-pound Floyd is considered an athletic tackle who is quick off the snap. Four of the Vikings' top six defensive lineman will be free agents after the 2013 season, and Floyd could be the eventual replacement for longtime veteran Kevin Williams, who restructured his contract this offseason to guarantee his 2013 salary but had the 2014 portion of his deal deleted in the process. Minnesota also owns the No. 25 pick in the first round, a pick acquired from the Seattle Seahawks in the Percy Harvin trade. Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.
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