Preseason Player Profile: Sharrif Floyd

Sharrif Floyd

Defensive Lineman

6’3” 295 lbs.



-I have seen film on Purdue’s Kawann Short and Utah’s Star Lotulelei, so I expected to be disappointed with the film I saw on Sharrif Floyd. So I was pleasantly surprised when I saw Floyd line up in multiple positions and do a number of different things well.

-Floyd seems to be a very good disrupter. He isn’t elite or impossible to block, but he finds a way to worm his way into the backfield when he is blocked one-on-one.

-He plays intelligently. He reads pulling guards well and is good at making tackles by taking great angles to the edge.

-Sharrif is fast of the snap for a 295 lbs guy, but he won’t be projected as a great pass rusher because if you can stop his momentum he has a very tough time accelerating again.

-His versatility is one of his good qualities, but it may also be one of his most confusing.  Instead of occupying space, he is asked to penetrate so it is hard for me to call him an ideal 5-tech. While he does a good job over the center, I can see where bigger offensive guards and combo blocks would take him out of the play.

-Occasionally, Floyd takes smaller, choppy steps that keep him from closing the gap between him and the ball carrier. It is hard to knock this because at times that technique is very useful for a run-stuffing DT. Unfortunately, as a pass rusher this will give the QB the extra second he needs to get the ball out of his hands.

-I didn’t see him play against any “clear” NFL talent because I only have cut-ups of his games against Ohio State and Vanderbilt. This year I will see him against Tennessee, LSU, and Kentucky all of which have talented offensive tackle or guards.

-Floyd and his coaching staff will have some decisions to make this year regarding his size. On one hand you could slim him down to the 280-275 lbs range and try to define him as a hybrid inside/outside rusher like Tennessee did with Malik Jackson. On the other hand, they could bulk him up to the 305 lbs range, which would help him become more powerful inside. The latter move would make Floyd a more complete defensive tackle, but it would hinder his disruptiveness. It will be a tough decision, but trying to figure out what you should do with a talented player is one of the best problems to have. In the end, if Floyd has a good year I could easily see him declaring and working his way early on day two.

About Will Lomas

Grew up in a town in Tennessee named Dyersburg, and played ball there. When I realized I was too small to play college ball, I found my passion in breaking down game film, analyzing athletes, and finding the little things that decides whether a player is good, bad, or great.

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