Sharrif Floyd

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Sharrif Floyd
No. 73 Minnesota Vikings
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-05-28) May 28, 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 311 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school: Philadelphia (PA) Washington
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
Career history
Roster status: Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015
Tackles: 95
Sacks: 9.5
Forced fumbles: 1
Player stats at

Sharrif Kalil Floyd (born May 28, 1991) is an American football defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Florida, where he was recognized as an All-American in 2012. Floyd was drafted by the Vikings in the first round, 23rd overall of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Floyd was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended George Washington High School in Philadelphia, where he started playing basketball, which led to football.[1] He totaled over 50 tackles, two sacks and seven tackles for losses during his junior season while tearing his ACL during a semifinal playoff game. He received an invitation to the annual U.S. Army National Combine in January 2009, but initially could not afford the travel costs to San Antonio, Texas. With help from special-education students and counselor, Dawn Seeger, Floyd baked brownies and sold them at school for weeks to raise the money.[2] He was able to make the trip and earned first-team all-combine honors. After his senior season at Washington High School, he was named a high school All-American by USA Today, Parade magazine, and EA Sports. He ended his high school career at the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

College recruiting[edit]

Regarded as a five-star recruit by, Floyd was listed as the No. 1 defensive tackle prospect in the class of 2010.[3] He chose Florida over eight other major Division I FBS college football programs, including Miami, Ohio State and USC.[4]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Sharrif Floyd
Defensive tackle
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania George Washington High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 310 lb (140 kg) 4.8 Jan 9, 2010 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 1 (DT)   Rivals: 1 (DT); 1 (PA)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

Floyd choosing Florida at the end of the 2010 Army Bowl.

Floyd accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he played for coach Urban Meyer and coach Will Muschamp's Florida Gators football teams from 2010 to 2012. Arriving in Gainesville as the highest-rated football recruit since wide receiver Percy Harvin in 2006, Floyd was one of seven true freshmen to make a start for the Florida Gators in 2010. After 3 successful seasons for the Gators, Floyd totalled 115 tackles (26 of them for loss), 9.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one pass defended and blocked three field goals.

Freshman season (2010)[edit]

As a freshman in 2010, Floyd earned a starting spot and contributed with two tackles, including one for loss, in the Gators' win over Penn State in the 2011 Outback Bowl. For the season, he had 23 tackles (13 assisted and 10 solo) with 6.5 of them for loss.

Sophomore season (2011)[edit]

As a sophomore in 2011, Floyd started the final 11 games of the season at defensive end, and totaled 46 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 quarterback sacks, a pass breakup and a blocked kick. He also tied for the team lead with four quarterback hurries. He registered his first career sack in the 2012 Gator Bowl against Ohio State, and followed it with an assisted sack on the very next play for a total loss of five yards.

Junior season (2012)[edit]

During his 2012 junior season, Floyd moved back to his natural defensive tackle position, and had 31 tackles (including 19 solo). He also had a team-high 8.5 tackles for a loss, and was second with four quarterback hurries. After the season, he was recognized as first-team All-American by The Sporting News and received third-team honors from the Associated Press. He was also a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection.

After Florida's loss in the 2013 Sugar Bowl, Floyd announced his decision to forgo his final year of college eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.[5]

Professional career[edit]


As of late January 2013, Floyd was projected to be a late-first round selection, and the fourth defensive tackle off the board, according to Sports Illustrated.[6] After the combine, SI moved Floyd up to the No. 3 selection overall, and No. 1 among defensive tackles.[7] In early April,'s Pete Prisco projected Floyd to go second overall, calling him "the best player in this draft".[8] Floyd was listed as a defensive tackle, but was considered to be best fit as a defensive end in a 3–4 defensive alignment.[9]

External video
Floyd's NFL Combine workout
Floyd gets drafted by Minnesota
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2 12 in 297 lb 31 34 in 10 18 in 4.92 s 1.70 s 2.80 s 4.75 s 7.40 s 30 in 8 ft 10 in
All values from NFL combine[10][11]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Floyd was chosen by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round (23rd overall pick) of the 2013 NFL Draft, becoming the 1st defensive tackle selected by the Vikings in the 1st round since 2003 when the club drafted Kevin Williams 9th overall. He was also the 1st of 3 players drafted by the Vikings in the 1st round, marking only the 2nd time in team history the team had 3 picks in the 1st round and the 1st time for an NFL team since St. Louis did it in 2001. He signed a 4-year, $8,076,200 contract with the Vikings, including a $4,253,600 signing bonus, $6,569,900 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $2,019,050.[12] He switched his jersey to #73 for the 2014 season, going back to his high school and college number after wearing #95 for his rookie NFL campaign.

2013 season[edit]

On September 29, Floyd recorded the 1st sack of his career when he and Jared Allen combined to sack Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger during the NFL International Series in London. He ended his rookie season with 19 combined tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 2 pass deflections.

2014 season[edit]

In 2014, Floyd finished the season with the most quarterback hurries among Vikings defensive tackles with 20, per Pro Football Focus, despite playing just 587 snaps. He collected 42 total tackles, 4.5 sacks and 1 pass deflection.

2015 season[edit]

Floyd was a starting DT next to Linval Joseph in the 2015 season. He got half a sack in week three against the Chargers, and half a sack in week six against the Chiefs. Floyd did not play in week seven against the Detroit Lions due to a knee/ankle injury.[13] Floyd was still hampered by the knee/ankle injury and was listed inactive for the Week 8 match-up against the Chicago Bears.[14]

2016 season[edit]

On May 2, 2016, the Vikings announced that they picked up the fifth-year option of Floyd's contract.[15] Floyd only played in the first game of the season before being inactive for the next 12 games dealing with a knee injury. He was placed on injured reserve on December 12, 2016.[16]

2017 season[edit]

On March 30, 2017, it was revealed that Floyd was diagnosed with nerve damage in his knee following meniscus surgery last September. With the lingering nerve damage, some projected that it could be career threatening.[17]

Career statistics[edit]


Regular season statistics Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Season Team GP GS Total Solo Ast Sck Tfl PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR FR YDS TDs
2010 Florida 11 3 23 10 13 0.0 6.5 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011 Florida 13 11 46 19 27 1.5 6.5 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 Florida 13 13 46 29 17 3.0 13.0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Totals 37 25 115 58 57 4.5 26.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0


Regular season statistics Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Season Team GP GS Total Solo Ast Sck Sfty PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR FR YDS TDs
2013 Minnesota Vikings 16 1 19 9 10 2.5 -- 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2014 Minnesota Vikings 14 11 42 29 13 4.5 -- 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 Minnesota Vikings 13 12 34 19 15 2.5 -- 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 43 24 95 57 38 9.5 -- 4 0 0 -- 0 0 1 0 0 0


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Halley, Jim (November 23, 2009). "Demand for lineman Shariff Floyd takes off". USA Today. 
  3. ^ "Defensive tackles 2010". January 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Top tackle Sharrif Floyd: I'll go with Gators". USA Today. January 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ Sharrif Floyd, Matt Elam of Florida Gators to enter NFL draft
  6. ^ Banks, Don (January 24, 2013). "2013 NFL Mock Draft 1.0". 
  7. ^ "2013 NFL Mock Draft 2.0". February 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ Prisco, Pete (April 1, 2013). "Mock Draft No. 6: Jags will take Florida DT Floyd with No. 2 pick". 
  9. ^ "Eagles to bring in Florida DT and Philly native Sharrif Floyd for workout". Philadelphia Inquirer. March 27, 2013. 
  10. ^ NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Sharrif Floyd
  11. ^ *Sharrif Floyd | Florida, DT : 2013 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile
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  14. ^ "Sharrif Floyd". Retrieved 2015-11-01. 
  15. ^ Goessling, Ben (May 2, 2016). "Vikings exercise fifth-year options for Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes". Retrieved November 2, 2016. 
  16. ^ Peters, Craig (December 12, 2016). "Vikings Sign Toby Johnson to Active Roster, Place Sharrif Floyd on IR". 
  17. ^ Wesseling, Chris. "Sharrif Floyd's career in jeopardy due to nerve damage". NFL. Retrieved March 30, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Sharrif Floyd Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 

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