"I felt good about it," Floyd said of his visit. "Nothing major stuck out where I was confident that's where I'll be, but you never know with this draft. You never know where you'll end up."
There are questions about whether Floyd, a North Philadelphia native, will end up in his hometown, where he overcame a hardscrabble childhood that included physical abuse, as he explained in a February story in The Inquirer. (Floyd is scheduled to speak to underprivileged children and help deliver toys at a toy drive on Saturday in East Fairmount Park.)
With the help of his mother, great-grandmother, a guidance counselor, and coaches, Floyd developed into one of the nation's top high school prospects and a star at the University of Florida. But his attributes shine best in a 4-3 defensive front, and the Eagles are expected to play a hybrid scheme with many elements of the 3-4 defense.
"I think I'm good in both defenses," Floyd said. "I can offer more in the 4-3, but I wouldn't mind playing both. I'll take the defense for what it is."
If he's on the board at No. 4, the Eagles will have a difficult decision to make. His talent is indisputable, although they need to consider whether he fits in the scheme and how similar he is to last season's first-round pick, Fletcher Cox.
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has followed Floyd since Floyd was in high school. Roseman is also a Florida alummus who keeps an eye on his alma mater.
"He's another guy who brings a tremendous amount of versatility," Roseman said. "He can line up in a wide variety of spots. Tremendous football player, tremendous character. Someone that we know a lot about. . . . Someone that I personally followed a tremendous amount because of where he came from in Philadelphia and where he went to school."
Floyd said his best attribute is being "disruptive" from the three-technique spot on the defensive line (lining up on the outside shoulder of an offensive guard), when he can penetrate the line of scrimmage and cause havoc in the backfield. Of course, that's also considered one of Cox's best skills.
So even though Floyd is versatile and can play in the 3-4 and in the five-technique spot on the defensive line (lining up on the outside shoulder of an offensive tackle), playing there would not maximize his skills as much as the three-technique spot.
NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock ranked Floyd as his second-best prospect in the draft, behind only Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher. Mayock has praised Floyd throughout the predraft process, saying as early as February that he'd "bang the table" for Floyd - a reference to the draft room when a decision-maker feels strongly about a player.
Top Defensive Tackle Prospects
Here are the top-rated defensive tackles and nose tackles in the NFL draft and some others the Eagles could select in later rounds.
Player, college Ht. Wt. round
Sharrif Floyd, Florida 6-3 297 1
Star Lotulelei, Utah 6-2 311 1
Sheldon Richardson, Missouri 6-2 294 1
Sylvester Williams, North Carolina 6-3 313 1
Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State 6-3 320 1-2
Kawann Short, Purdue 6-3 299 2
Jesse Williams, Alabama 6-3 323 2
John Jenkins, Georgia 6-4 346 2
Player, college Ht. Wt. round
Montori Hughes, Tenn.-Martin 6-4 329 4-5
Kwame Geathers, Georgia 6-5 342 5-7
T.J. Barnes, Georgia Tech 6-6 369 6-7
Quinton Dial, Alabama 6-5 318 7
- Zach Berman
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