Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/17/13
Sharrif Floyd had a pretty tough life growing up. He never knew his father and he lived with his mother and grandmother during his high school years. He was adopted in a situation similar to the story of Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher, a story which was told in a best selling book an movie, The Blind Side.Despite his upbringing, Floyd has been considered one of the top devensive talents from high school through college and into the NFL Draft. Many draft experts have him as a Top 3 prospect overall and have him going in the first round in the Top 5.VitalsHeight 6'3"Weight 297 poundsPosition: defensive tackleSchool: Florida GatorsClass: juniorCombine Results40-Yard Dash: 4.92 secondsVertical Jump: 30.0Broad Jump: 8'10"Cone Drill: 7.40 seconds20-Yard Shuttle: 4.75 secondsCollege Production/StatsSharrif Floyd was one of the top prospects coming out of high school and lost no time in establishing that once he stepped up to the college level. He is a versatile player who can play every position on the defensive line, either as a 4-3 defensive tackle or a 3-4 defensive end.He doesn't have elite stats as a player for the Gators. As a true freshman in 2010 he recorded 23 total tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss but did not record a single sack.In 2011 he recorded 46 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. In his final year with the Florida Gators before entering the NFL Draft he recorded and other 46 total tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss, and 3.0 sacks.In three years of starting with the Gators, his total career numbers were 115 tackles, 26.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks.Floyd was a big part of the Gators' defensive line that ranked as one of the best in the country and received third team All-American honors in 2012.StrengthsAs mentioned, Floyd possesses the ability to play all position on the defensive line. He is a one or two-gap, three or five-technique lineman who excels in stuffing the run. This is great versatility for NFL teams to consider when creating their big boards.He is an excellent run-stuffer who has the ability to chop at blockers and use his arms to get to the running back. He also has the ability to rush the passer and disrupt the play.Floyd has great athleticism as showcased bis combine where he ran a sub-5 second 40-yard dash.  For a man near 300 pounds, that is very quick. He also possesses an explosive burst off the snap.  He also has a high motor which is needed for a man of his skills and position.WeaknessesAt the NFL Scouting Combine, it was discovered that Floyd had much shorter arms than other players at his position.  His arm length was recorded as being 31-3/4" inches long. While this is not enough to cause his stock to fall (it has actually risen), it is enough to cause him problems in the NFL when up against longer armed offensive linemen.He has the tendency to get bogged down after the snap and loses ball carrier due to being involved in pushing contests with blockers. While having experience in a two-gap role, he's still rough around the edges and will need to develop that skill at the next level.Potential Landing SpotsDue to hos versatility, Sharrif Floyd is going to have many suitors come draft day.  Several teams are looking for a defensive tackle or defensive end.The Oakland Raiders are looking for a replacement for Richard Seymour and to shore up a rush defense that ranked 18th in the league.The Jacksonville Jaguars have many needs on defense.They could take Sharrif Floyd with the second overall pick and he could help shore up a run defense that ranked 30th in the league.While the Arizona Cardinals have bigger needs than a defensive tackle/end, it's worth noting that one of their current defensive ends is 32 (Darnell Dockett) and has a very similar skill set to Floyd.Draft ProjectionSharrif Floyd has sort of come out of nowhere to be a sure-fire Top 5 prospect. While he's always been considered a top talent for his position, it wasn't until recently that mock drafts started putting him in the Top 5.  Two reasons have caused this rise, the first is the excellent performance he put on at the Scouting Combine. The second reason is that fellow defensive tackle, Star Lotulelei was found to have a heart condition which caused his stock to slide slightly.No matter where he ends up, Sharrif Floyd will be an immediate starter and will improve his team.NFL ComparisionDarnell Dockett of the Arizona Cardinals is a good comparison to Floyd. They're about the same weight and height, they both have the ability to play either a 4-3 defensive tackle or a 3-4 defensive end. They both have the ability to make plays and cause havoc in the backfield. 
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