The Kansas City Chiefs have a big decision to make with the first-overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft. The common belief is that the release of right tackle Eric Winston and decision to play Branden Albert on the trading block is a clear sign the team is looking to take one of the top offensive tackles in the No. 1 spot, but there is also a chance that the team could use the first pick on one of the stud defensive linemen in this year’s class.
One name that continues to surface as a possible sleeper for the top pick is Florida Gators defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd.
Floyd has been rising up draft boards all draft season and he has finally found a comfortable spot in the top three. Whether it be Kansas City, the Jacksonville Jaguars or Oakland Raiders, it is very likely that one of those three teams will pull the trigger on the Gators star when they are on the clock.
The Chiefs understand Floyd is a top talent and they will do their due diligence when it comes to seeing if he’s a fit in Kansas City. In fact, the Chiefs sent their contingent to Florida today for a private workout with Floyd.
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
A collection of Chiefs officials, including GM John Dorsey, are on Florida campus today, privately working out Florida DT Shariff Floyd.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 25, 2013
Floyd’s best fit is as a three-technique in a 4-3 defense, but many believe he is talented enough to bump outside as a five-tech in a 3-4 front. Of course, the Chiefs no better than ever that using a player like Floyd as a 3-4 defensive end may not work out. They had Glenn Dorsey as a cautionary tale.
Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel still has to be the favorite for the No. 1 overall selection, but don’t be surprised to hear some more defensive players linked to the pick as smokescreens begin to form as we approach the draft.