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Sharrif Floyd

Sharrif Floyd
No. 95     Minnesota Vikings
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-05-28) May 28, 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)Weight: 305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school: Philadelphia (PA) Washington
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
Debuted in 2013 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 8, 2013

Sharrif Karnell Floyd (born May 28, 1991) is an American football defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Florida Gators football team of the University of Florida, and was recognized as an All-American. Following his 2012 junior season, Floyd announced that he would forgo his senior college football season and was selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Early years

Floyd was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended George Washington High School in Philadelphia, where he played for the Washington Eagles high school football team. He totaled over 50 tackles, two sacks and seven tackles for losses during his junior season while tearing his ACL during a semifinal playoff gmae. He received an invitation to the annual U.S. Army National Combine in January 2009, but initially could not afford the travel costs to San Antonio, Texas. With help from special-education students and counselor, Dawn Seeger, Floyd baked brownies and sold them at school for weeks to raise the money.[1] He was able to make the trip and earned first-team all-combine honors. After his senior season at Washington High School, he was named a high school All-American by USA Today, Parade magazine, and EA Sports. He ended his high school career at the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Regarded as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Floyd was listed as the No. 1 defensive tackle prospect in the class of 2010.[2] He chose Florida over eight other major Division I FBS college football programs.[3]

College career

Floyd accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he played for coach Urban Meyer and coach Will Muschamp's Florida Gators football teams from 2010 to 2012. Arriving in Gainesville as the highest rated football recruit since Percy Harvin in 2006, he was one of seven true freshmen to make a start for the Florida Gators in 2010. Floyd earned a starting spot and contributed two tackles, including one for loss, in the Gators' win over Penn State in the 2011 Outback Bowl. For the season, he had 23 tackles (13 assisted and 10 solo) with 6.5 for a loss.

As a sophomore in 2011, Floyd started the final 11 games of the season at defensive end, and totaled 46 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 quarterback sacks, a pass breakup and a blocked kick. He also tied for the team lead with four quarterback hurries. He registered his first career sack in the 2012 Gator Bowl against Ohio State, and followed it with an assisted sack on the very next play for a total loss of five yards.

During his 2012 junior season, Floyd moved back to his natural defensive tackle position, and had 31 tackles (including 19 solo). He also had a team-high 8.5 tackles for a loss, and was second with four quarterback hurries. After the season, he was recognized as first-team All-American by The Sporting News and received third-team honors from the Associated Press. He was also a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection.

After Florida's loss in the 2013 Sugar Bowl, Floyd announced his decision to forgo his final year of college eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.[4]

Professional career

2013 NFL Draft

As of late January 2013, Floyd was projected to be a late-first round selection, and the fourth defensive tackle off the board, according to Sports Illustrated.[5] After the combine, SI moved Floyd up to the No. 3 selection overall, and No. 1 among defensive tackles.[6] In early April, CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco projected Floyd to go second overall, calling him "the best player in this draft".[7] Floyd is listed as a defensive tackle, but considered to be best fit as Defensive End in a 3–4 defensive alignment.[8]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2 12 in 297 lb31 34 in10 18 in 4.92 s 1.70 s 2.80 s 4.75 s 7.40 s 30 in 8 ft 10 in
All values from NFL combine[9][10]

The Minnesota Vikings chose Floyd in the first round (23rd overall pick) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

See also

References

External links

  • Sharrif Floyd – Florida Gators athlete profile

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