Advanced scouting: Sharrif Floyd

March, 20, 2013
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Sharrif FloydKim Klement/USA TODAY SportsSharrif Floyd has good speed and agility, but the Cowboys would probably have to trade up to get him.
To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 5 defensive lineman: Sharrif Floyd


Position: Defensive tackle

Height/weight: 6-foot-3, 297 pounds

School: Florida

Why he’s on the radar: To get Floyd, the Cowboys would have to trade up in the first round, like they did last year to acquire Morris Claiborne. It might be a high asking price, but Floyd could be the perfect fit in Monte Kiffin’s defense. He plays with power and moves well. There’s some thought Floyd might be too much of a tease, but line coach Rod Marinelli is considered one of the best in the business and should be able to get the most out of him.

Projection: First round

Stretch Truths: For a big man, Floyd has excellent speed and agility. He ran the 40 in 4.92 seconds. ... He is an excellent 3 technique in a 4-3 defense. ... This kid is a three-down player. ... Great hands. Can punch and shed. ... Gets penetration with a quick first step. ... Athletic, can change direction. ... His only weakness is he is a little high-cut and not a big bull-rush inside tackle.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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