Photo of Sharrif Floyd
Drafted By: Vikings
  • Round 1
  • Pick 23
  • Overall 23

Combine Results

94.2 ?
  • 4.92 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 30.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 106.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.40 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.75 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"He's going to play with a guy by the name of Kevin Williams, a former first-round pick who has become an All-Pro. And Sharrif is going to learn from him, both about the NFL, about life, about being a three-technique, and in a couple years, he'll replace Kevin. I give Rick Spielman and Leslie Frazier an awful lot of credit for pulling the trigger here at 23." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'3" Height
  • 31 3/4" Arm Length
  • 297LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands


Floyd was a big-time high school recruit from Philadelphia, winning the 2009 Maxwell Football Club National High School Player of the Year and excelling in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl (two sacks). Floyd struggled with a rough childhood, bouncing between multiple homes before settling in Gainesville. Floyd's school held a bake sale to help him pay for the trip to the All-American Bowl, and he also received additional funds from a third party to visit campuses during the recruiting process.

The NCAA investigated those "impermissible benefits" and docked Floyd the first two games of his sophomore season. He started the next 11 games at defensive end in head coach Will Muschamp's 3-4 defense (46 tackles, 6.5 for loss), culminating with a 1.5-sack performance in the team's 24-17 victory over Ohio State in the Gator Bowl. Floyd had already showed promise as a member of the coaches' Freshman All-SEC squad in 2010, playing in all 13 games with one of his two starts coming against Penn State in the Gators' Outback Bowl win (he had two tackles, a tackle for loss).

Floyd's statistics are by no means elite (26 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks in two years), but his ability to be a factor playing every position along the defensive line is a testament to his hustle and athleticism for his size. His final season saw him earn third-team All-America honors as he helped anchor a Gator defense that was among the best in the nation.



Athletic three/five-technique prospect with solid overall strength. Possesses a quick and long first step when in pass rush mode, can swim over his opponent or get his hands up into his man's jersey to push him into the backfield. Often lined up outside the tackle (even standing up) despite his size, showed quickness to rush the passer and quick feet to contain on the edge. Combines good effort and short-area agility for his size to chase plays across the field and get his long arms around ball carriers when closing in. Experienced as a two-gapper, keeps his eyes in the backfield and sheds to either direction to grab running backs coming his direction. Flashes violent hands to swipe away blockers on his way to the ball carrier. Excellent at shooting gaps and reducing his surface area while working through trash inside. Splits double-teams in pass protection well with quickness.


Has long legs and plays with high pad level, at times causing him problems when trying to anchor. Lacks the elite closing speed to make a lot of plays outside the box. Will stop after initial contact, must prove he has the stamina to make an impact in significant minutes against NFL competition. Tendency to stop his feet on contact. While he has experience two-gapping, he still needs a lot of technique work in that area; he has a tendency to turn his body, especially against double teams, causing him to get washed out or moved upfield. Suffered a torn ACL in high school. Changing positions may have stunted his growth in college, as he has never been allowed to focus on one particular skill set.

NFL Comparison

Muhammad Wilkerson

Bottom Line

A rough childhood did not prevent Floyd from earning national accolades for his play in high school, as he won the 2009 Maxwell Football Club's National Player of the Year award. And by the end of his sophomore year at Florida, Floyd began showing scouts the athleticism, strength and motor required in a top tackle prospect. He has been an incredibly important and versatile defender up front for Florida, playing both one and two-gap techniques at defensive end, one and three-technique, and as a true zero-technique nose tackle. While Floyd is rough around the edges and will take time to develop as a two-gapper, his quickness, athleticism and scheme versatility could make him a force in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense.
Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.