Sharrif Floyd Key to Restoring Interior Defensive Mojo for Minnesota Vikings

By Thomas Emerick
Sharrif Floyd
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Much attention was given to how far and dramatically Geno Smith and the rest of the quarterback class dropped in the 2013 NFL draft. I had faith that most teams could help themselves from reaching on a relatively underwhelming quarterback crop, which partially why DT Sharrif Floyd ripped my mock draft to shreds.

This would inevitably become great news for an NFL team picking towards the end of the first round, as the Minnesota Vikings‘ snagged the immensely talented and versatile Florida defensive tackle. This selection, along with cornerback Xavier Rhodes and receiver Cordarrelle Patterson falling further than expected, are why Minnesota received rave reviews for their first-round, becoming the darling of early draft grades.

Minny is still waiting on Rhodes to recover from injury and make his preseason debut, but they have to be absolutely relieved that Floyd’s knee suffered no ligament damage in his first game action. USA Today reported that MRI results came back negative.

“Not overly concerned by everything I have been told,” Vikings Coach Leslie Frazier said before the exam, via USA TODAY Sports. “It’s just sore, so we want to err on the side of caution.”

I imagine Floyd’s preseason reps will be limited after a superb performance against the Houston Texans last Friday. The 23rd overall pick shined in 15 snaps before hitting the bench with the knee issue, earning Pro Football Focus’ highest Week 1 preseason grade among the 32 first-round selections. With the great Kevin Williams getting on in age, Floyd’s ability to hit the ground running will help the Vikes’ formerly vaunted interior restore its mojo.

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