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Draft buzz: Scout claims Sharrif Floyd is overhyped

  • By Kevin Patra NFL.com
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Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd has been projected as being drafted as high as No. 2 overall in Thursday's 2013 NFL Draft.


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The Florida Gator's speed and disruptive play-making have him ranked the No. 1 defensive tackle at both the 4-3 and 3-4 defensive schemes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn's poll of 10 scouts, getting five first-place votes in each scheme.

Floyd's versatility is evident in his game tape, however not everyone is convinced he's a stud worthy of a top selection.

"Those idiots on TV made Floyd," a scout told McGinn during his annual draft preview series, citing Floyd's short arms as one reason he's not impressed. "He's not that good. He's not better than Ziggy Hood. Floyd's not a real bulky guy but he can run."

As with almost every draft pick this season, every scout and talent evaluator will differ greatly on how they value each player and each position. Floyd could be the first defensive tackle off the board in the top five. He could also fall out of the top 10 as a run on offensive tackles at the top is expected.

Some  other draft notes from Sport's Illustrated's Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback on what he is hearing from around the league:

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»The Falcons would love to land Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, according to King. However, it might cost Dimitroff too much to move up from the No. 30 spot into the top 15, where Richardson could come off the board.

»On Houston's D.J. Hayden: "I was stunned to hear the Bengals interested in him in the first round, and now I hear reliably they have company."

»Offensive tackle Kyle Long's name hasn't been bandied about much in recent weeks, unless it was a discussion about depth at the position in this draft. However, one scout told King he believed Long's versatility to play both the tackle and guard spots will push him into the first round.

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