During the 2012 college football season, the University of Florida Gators became known as a defense first squad. The unit carried the team for the bulk of the season with a physical and athletic mindset and scads of NFL caliber talent all over the field. One of those future NFL stars is defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, who seemed to get better as the season went on. But in a crowded defensive tackle group, did Floyd do enough to separate himself from this talented group and likely score himself a top five pick in the 2013 NFL draft?
Floyd measured very well at the combine for the most part. 6-3 and 297 lbs is ideal NFL size for a three-technique tackle in a 4-3 defense. He does have some funny proportions as he’s got very long legs for his height but proportionally shorter arms. However, neither of those concerns surfaced during the NFL Scouting combine. He ran a solid 4.97 40-yard dash and put up a 106 inch broad jump which is a nice way to measure explosion.
Floyd also looked very good in drills, keeping his base under him and his body low. He has a tendency to get a little upright, so it was good to see he is working on improving that. But fans were certainly able to see that explosive first step and quickness that makes him an ideal pass rushing one gap tackle in the NFL.
Is he the best tackle of the class? At this point I have he and University of Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson very close. With Utah defensive tackle Star Lotuelei dealing with a potential heart condition, he has to slide a little. Floyd and Richardson are very similar type players, so it could come down to which guy fits a scheme better, but I just have a funny feeling that when April gets here, some team in that top five mix is going to see the explosive potential of Floyd and roll the dice on him. You find and connect with Floyd on Twitter