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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.
Height 6'3"Weight 297 poundsPosition: defensive tackleSchool: Florida GatorsClass: juniorCombine Results
40-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.Strengths
As 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.
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