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.