No. 23 'shocking' to Floyd

Posted: April 26, 2013

NEW YORK - Sharrif Floyd's finest hour lasted about 2 hours longer than he expected.

Floyd expected to be selected in the first hour of the NFL Draft, which began at 8 p.m. He lasted until almost 11.

The Minnesota Vikings took him 23rd overall.

Rated as a top-five pick, Floyd's athleticism and versatility at defensive tackle did not fully outweigh his rough edges and his inconsistent ability to withstand targeted contact and to shake double-teams.

Manti Te'o and Geno Smith had better-known back stories (real and imagined), but each had obvious skill and size issues and neither was a first-round lock.

No one had a more compelling back story than Floyd, whose fractured upbringing did not keep him from topping the high school ratings while at George Washington, then excelling at Florida.

No one fell farther.

By the time he met the assembled press - more than an hour after his selection - Floyd had progressed past anger and into terse resolution.

"It got to the point where I'm ready to work," Floyd said. "I'm nowhere near upset. Nowhere near angry."

He had been both.

"It's about that time," Floyd fumed when approached by NFL Network lackey Deion Sanders immediately after the pick was called. "There's a chip on my shoulder. I'm not going to let them down."

Floyd lands with a fine man in head coach Leslie Frazier, a sharp defensive mind. He lands on a team dominated by a charismatic running back, Adrian Peterson, the reigning MVP. He will play alongside Pro Bowl linemen Jared Allen and Kevin Williams. He lands with a head of steam, between his ears, and a heavy chip, and an eager heart.

"This pick is shocking to me," Floyd said. "I'm ready to prove some people wrong."

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