The post-draft sex glow is all about us as we move into the doldrums of the NFL off-season, but there's still much to talk about with the Vikings 2013 NFL Draft picks. In Purple Jesus Diaries' NFL Draft-or-Bust Off, we review each pick in turn and provide some further amateur insight for you. Today, we begin with the Vikings first pick of the draft, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd from the University of Florida ...
Sharrif Floyd was the 23rd overall pick in the NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He's a healthy boy, only 20 years old but still clocking in at 6'3" and 297 pounds. Sounds big, right? Well, the difference between HIS 297 pounds and YOUR 297 pounds is that he can still run around with that weight while your crushing your internal organs by remaining inert on your couch every day. Floyd also has had to put up with a whole lot more crap in his life than you, being raised in North Philadelphia (born and raise, on the ... Never mind) and bouncing around a lot of homes before things started working out with his college career. Frankly, his story is a great story, and has OBVIOUSLY become only better since he was drafted by the Vikings. Like, if the Packers took him instead? So, so sad ... Would be a Greek tragedy.
The most obvious and likely one we'll be rolling with is "The Sharrif" because who doesn't like that? Although, if we wanted to get creative we could also go with "The Fresh Prince" (since he was raised in Philadelphia) or "Floyd is a Machine", kind of like Florence and the Machine. That's probably pushing it though. Let's hear more of your ideas in the comments.
He Be Tweeting?
Yes, he be Tweeting! You can find Sharrif Floyd on Twitter at @SharrifFloyd. He's already got a Vikings profile picture up, so it looks like he's a pretty active dude. He's also on Instagram at @Humble_Hungry_73, but here's hoping he doesn't remain hungry for long. He just got a lot of money, go buy some food, dude.
The Sexy Stuff
Sharrif is what I'd call your new prototypical defensive tackle that the "New NFL" is looking for. He's a big guy, HUGE guy, but he's agile as a cat and powerful to boot. He can move sideline to sideline very well and disrupt in the backfield consistently. He's also got ninja like moves with his hands, as he comes in touted as being an aggressor with offensive linemen, slapping and pushing and generally screwing people's faces up if they get in his way. His numbers don't look that gaudy, but that's because he played so versatile in college, rotating all around the line in Florida's 3-4 defense, and always demanding double teams and other attention. And because he's so fast, if you don't focus in on him, he'll screw you up with a quarterback sack or hurry. So drop him next to Everson Griffen, Jared Allen, Brian Robison and Kevin Williams for the year? Good luck, Aaron Rodgers.
Slow Your Roll
Any "negatives" you read about Sharrif are - at most - people just looking for something to complain about at this point. There's knocks on him that he had an ACL tear in 2009 so maybe he's a but injury prone. Or, because he moved around so much in college he never had the opportunity to focus in on one area and develop there to be NFL ready day one. Or he turns sideways too much, whatever that means. So if you are trying to find a reason to not like this pick, there you go. Sharrif Floyd turns sideways more than I would like him to.
The more I look into this pick, the more I like it for various reasons. A defensive tackle wasn't really on my radar as a HUGE draft need in the first round, not when we're looking at a black hole at linebacker and Jerome Simpson at receiver. But then everyone started talking more about how Allen, Robison, Williams, AND Griffen were all coming off the books next year, and I'd guess the team is only re-signing one of them. So obviously, finding some defensive linemen would be beneficial long term.
So the pick of Floyd helps shore up that position pretty well, hopefully, in the next several years. The pick is great because late towards the draft he was projected as a top 5 pick, and Pete Prisco of CBS Sports at one point considered him the best player in the draft. And then the Vikings got him at 23! Cool!
But beyond that, what I like about the kid is that he's just a damn good player. I like watching his highlights and seeing him know where the play is going all the time, and not running him self out of position. He's good in the pass and the run, he's smart, humble, hard working, and is the kind of player you can build your defense around. Honestly, this may end up being like picking Adrian Peterson, where you were like, "Well, we already have Chester Taylor who did really well, this seems like a luxury pick" and then, holy crap, it's a game changer. Can Floyd be the Adrian Peterson of defensive tackles? Well, I don't know. I don't even know what that means or why I wrote it, but I'm pretty sure he can - and will - be pretty damn good for the Vikings.