Jan 2, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Florida Gators defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd (73) sacks Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) during the third quarter of the Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings draft DT Sharrif Floyd in Round One; Pick 23 Overall

The Vikings had so many options in what has turned out to be a very weird beginning to the 2013 NFL Draft.   CB Xavier Rhodes, WR’s Cordarrelle Patterson and all other WRs but Tavon Austin, MLBs Manti Te’o, Alec Ogletree, Arthur Brown and Kevin Minter were all available.

The Vikings ended up adding Three-Technique DT Sharrif Floyd who was thought to go as high as Number 3 overall to the Oakland Raiders prior to the start of the draft.

Floyd gives the Vikings an heir apparent to Kevin Williams who restructured his contract making him a potential free agent at the end of 2013.  Floyd is a disruptive max-effort player who creates havoc on a play to play basis. He displays a combination of quickness and power which allows him to control the line or scrimmage and get into the backfield. Floyd’s main weaknesses can all be linked back to his high pad level and inconsistent technique, which are both correctable.  Floyd is a player whose best football is ahead of him, he has made strides over the last two years and will continue to due so.

The Vikings are almost on the clock with pick Number 25 overall.  With so many players still available plus hyped Quarterback prospect Geno Smith the Vikings could be looking to move back in the draft to a QB needy team.

We’ll see what happens.

Drew Tull may be followed on Twitter @DraftVikingDT

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