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It's still a defensive tackle -- but one who everyone should read a little more on.
Of all the mock drafts you'll read leading up to April's draft, Josh Norris of Rotoworld is always one of the best. Eschewing popular opinion, he relies on his eyes -- something far too many draftniks ignore as they follow the path most followed.
In his first mock draft he had the Panthers selecting big Alabama nose tackle Jesse Williams, a player that I still personally love -- even if I acknowledge it's a slim chance Carolina take a pure nose tackle with the 14th pick. In yesterday's post-Super Bowl mock, Josh went another direction -- still predicting a defensive tackle for the Panthers, but one we haven't heard too much about.
14. Carolina Panthers -- DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
I have a feeling Ron Rivera will want to utilize more versatility in the type of fronts he runs, and Floyd fits that premonition. After mainly playing end in a four man front in 2011, Floyd moved inside and thrived during his junior season. I love his strength to press the pocket with leg drive and powerful hands to shed while penetrating, but don't overlook Floyd's agile feet as a weapon.
At 6-3, 303-pounds, Floyd swung between defensive tackle and defensive end. In talking to Norris, he believes that Floyd has the ability to play either in the 3, or 5 technique -- something that will appeal to the Panthers' coaching staff.
Josh pointed to Floyd's consistency as a key reason he believes in the Gators' defensive tackle, over Sheldon Richardson -- a player who is another favorite for the Panthers' 14th pick.
In this video against Texas A&M, you can see Sharrif Floyd's ability as an inside, and outside pass rusher. As well as his ability stopping the run.