The Jacksonville Jaguars will be looking to add some talent to their defensive line in April at the 2013 NFL Draft. On Monday, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock held a conference call and talked about some of the defensive lineman that would be available, and really "banging the table" as Mayock liked to say, for Florida Gators defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd.
"So sitting where they are I've got six guys, six defensive tackles with first round grades. I think Sharrif Floyd, Star Lotulelei, and Sheldon Richardson are going to be gone by then," Mayock said on his conference call. "By the way, I think Sharrif Floyd is a top 5 pick, or he should be, the kid from Florida."
Floyd has gained a lot of steam as of late with a lot of media folks beginning to catch on to what kind of player he is and is rightfully being mentioned as a possible Top 15 pick in the NFL Draft. As far as the type of player he is, Mayock mentions he sees Floyd as prototypical three-technique defensive lineman and expects him to be an impact player. Mayock also thinks Floyd fits in Gus Bradley's defensive scheme.
"Now, I think Jacksonville has more depth at defensive tackle than they do at defensive end, for instance. From a need perspective I think they could use a pass rushing defensive end more than a defensive tackle," Mayock said on the call when asked if he fit Bradley's scheme. "But what I saw on tape from Sharrif Floyd, the first tape I watched on him was Florida State, and I thought he dominated the game."
If the Jaguars needs were a bit different and they had more depth at the defensive end position, I could get on board with Floyd as a possible pick at the No. 2 spot, but I'm inclined to think the Jaguars look for a pass rusher more than an interior lineman. As Mayock notes however, Floyd is a bit of a pass rusher from the interior position.
"What is most important about this kid is his explosion. He reminds me, and I'm not going to say he's ever going to be Warren Sapp, but it's that type of first step explosion," Mayock said of Floyd. "He can get an edge as a pass rusher. He's strong enough to push the pocket. He's stout against the run, and he can run sideline to sideline."
Floyd has played both defensive end and defensive tackle for the Gators and I think can work as either a five-technique on the edge or a three-technique on the inside.