Back in 2014 I mentioned a fellow Minnesota Viking, Everson Griffen, who was one of my top IDP breakouts. As we enter the 2015 season, Griffen’s teammate, Sharrif Floyd, is welcomed into the breakout club as he’s starting to make his way up the ranks and into national recognition.
Sharrif was the 23rd overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings and as expected, put up an inconsistent rookie season. As you can see how he did via PFF
He played 472 snaps (39.6 percent of snaps) and had a -5.9 overall rating (-5.5 against the run), but hope was not lost even though the Vikings brought in Linval Joseph in the 2014 off-season.
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Let’s fast forward to 2014 and the fantastic year Sharrif posted even though he only played 59.2% of the snaps (587 total). Take a look at his PFF rating bar below for 2014:
Talk about a quantum leap! He went from a -5.9 rating all the way up to a 22.0 rating in 2014 via PFF (Pro Football Focus). He had a 14.8 rating against the run and a 8.9 pass rushing rating, generating 20 QB hurries and 5 QB sacks. All Sharrif has to do is remain healthy because that has been his problem throughout his first two seasons in the NFL. He has the skill-set to be one of the top 3-tech defensive tackles in the game and his ceiling still remains high.
I’m targeting Sharrif in all drafts, whether it’s a DT-required league or a DL (DE/DT) league. Floyd has the upside of a solid DT1 option and will flirt with DE2 numbers as well, barring an injury in 2015. I have full confidence he can generate at least eight sacks to go with nearly 60 tackles in 2015. Not too shabby, right? He’s going to shoot up draft boards as the off-season rolls along, and if you ask me how where I’d draft Floyd in DT required leagues, I’ll take him after Aaron Donald, Marcell Dareus, Sen’Derrick Marks and Gerald McCoy. If you can buy him this off-season, do it. Just like I said with Griffen last season: you’ll thank me later.