By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Minneapolis, MN - As far as the Vikings are concerned, things could not have gone any better than they did as the draft moved down the line to pick #23. By the time that the Vikings were ready to make their first draft choice in the 2013 NFL Draft, they had their choice of WR Cordarrelle Patterson, LB Manti Te'o, LB Alec Ogletree, QB Geno Smith, CB Xavier Rhodes and a half dozen other players that would have fit right into the Vikings plan.
When time came to make the 23rd pick in this year's draft, the choice was Florida DT Sharrif Floyd.
Floyd was projected to be drafted as highly as the third overall selection in the first round but slid all the way to the Vikings at 23 after character concerns may have planted a little fear into the executives across the league. Floyd fits a need for the Vikings who are in need of an inside defensive tackle with Kevin Williams nearing the end of his career.
Sports Network Profile: 2012 First-Team All-SEC...Ranked in the top 10 in the SEC and led Gators with 13.0 tackles for loss in 2012...Recorded 115 total tackles, 26.0 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks in three-year career...2013 NFL Combine participant...Ran a 4.92 40-yard dash and recording a 4.75 20-yard shuttle...A top prospect that projects as a top-10 pick...Versatile athlete could play inside in a 4-3 alignment and on the outside in 3-4 formations...Good agility in small areas...Active hands help swipe away blockers...Changes directions and gets around double-teams well...Plays with too high a pad level at times...Doesn't close on the ball well and has shown questionable stamina on occasion.
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