Prospect: Sharrif Floyd, DT, FloridaSharrif Floyd

Height: 6’2⅝”

Weight: 297 lb.

Athleticism:

  • Rangy enough in the open field to make plays down the line or turning and running
  • Has flexible hips shown occasionally as an edge rusher
  • High center of gravity due to pad level and allocation of weight, struggles to stay balanced out of contact
  • Exceptionally strong upper body displayed by ability to handle blockers without generating power from lower half

Intelligence/Effort:

  • Very gap-disciplined with an understanding of the scheme
  • Positionally diverse player with experience all over the Florida defensive line
  • Struggles to anticipate blockers from other directions, narrow-visioned
  • High energy player with a relentless drive to get to the football
  • Wasn’t an every snap defensive tackle for the Gators, rotated out periodically, stamina may be an issue
  • Succeeded despite stacked odds coming from an impoverished background, testament to his perseverance

Pass Rush:

  • Relentless rusher who never gives up, often makes plays on the quarterback after he tries to escape the pocket
  • Very swim move reliant pass rusher who exposes his frame to blockers and loses leverage quickly
  • Lacks exceptional repertoire of moves after a swim move, simply tries to outwork pass blockers
  • Bullrush ability entirely negligible, due mostly due to high pad level

Run Support:

  • Can fire his hands and gain control of blockers off the snap
  • Sheds blocks violently with heavy hands and accelerates to the ball well
  • Gets off the snap quickly and into the backfield, disruptive to many a running game
  • Prone to being over aggressive and opening himself up to kickout blocks between the tackles
  • Struggles to stay square and anchor against the power running game, awful habit of turning a shoulder on contact
  • Inability to stay square limits ability to control two gaps or absorb double teams with any effectiveness
  • Lacks an explosive burst through gaps to split consistently despite doing so in college

Technique:

  • Often wins on natural ability and high motor, far from a technician
  • Plagued by high pad level as a run defender and pass rusher, pops up after the snap and fails to recover
  • Is able to keep his chest clean from the hands of blockers by batting them away with active hands of his own
  • Naturally creates separation by extending his arms and giving strong punches to blockers

Overall:

Sharrif Floyd proved to be a big play producer for a highly rated Florida defense as a junior.  He recorded 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks as a junior.  His relentless style of play and high energy level left many blockers in the dust.  Floyd showed off immense versatility over his final two seasons with the Gators by playing from a defensive end position all the way inside to a situational nose tackle.  He best slots in as a 3 technique in a 4-3, but could translate to a 5 technique in a 3-4 if asked to be a one gap player.  Since declaring for the draft as a junior, he’s been slowly working his way up virtual draft boards as more and more evaluators got a longer look at him.  Floyd’s natural athletic ability and strength cannot be denied.  He really struggles with pad level though, which affects his game against both run and pass.  He’s largely been winning on high effort and strength.  That works in college, quite well in fact.  When he gets drafted, he’s going to have some developing to do in order to become a more consistent, every down defender with improved technique.  Sharrif Floyd may not be the instant impact defensive tackle that is often assumed of him.  He still has a nice skillset that can be developed and is great value in the middle to end of the first round.

Originally published at DetroitLionsDraft.com: Sharrif Floyd Scouting Report

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