One of the most interesting aspects of the NFL Draft is to watch for who will fall out of their originally projected position and into the laps of someone who never dreamed of being able to select them. Geno Smith is the popular name being associated with the term “draft slide”, but it appears that Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd may be the guy who ends up taking a tumble, albeit a minor one.
I’m told the Raiders are unlikely to draft Shariff Floyd, even if they can’t move down from the third slot. As one source close to the situation told me earlier today, “the mock draft community is overrating Shariff Floyd”. Word is the Tennessee Titans at ten look like a good fit.
For weeks now, Floyd has been a virtual lock at No. 3 overall to the Oakland Raiders. But the Raider have been getting weird in the hours leading up to the draft and now either want to trade down to take cornerback D.J. Hayden or plan to simply Dion Waiter him and make him a top 3 selection. But the Raiders loss is a major gain for the Titans. Floyd is considered to be the best defensive tackle in the draft, and if he falls to the Titans he’ll fill an immediate need.
However, Star Lotulelei is now a possible pick for the New York Jets at 9th overall, meaning if they’re thinking about taking a defensive tackle, Floyd might be a guy they snipe from Tennessee. There hasn’t been any confirmed talk about Floyd being in New York’s plans, but if defensive tackle is their plan, it’s realistic to believe Floyd is under consideration.
All of this could change if the Raiders are punking us all and take Floyd, or he gets taken before the Jets or Titans go on the clock. But the bottom line is it appears that Floyd will take a late tumble, and where he ends up is a real mystery.