Vikings: Sharrif Floyd making first round impact
Minnesota Vikings fans have waited patiently for Sharrif Floyd to justify the first round pick they used on him in 2013. Last year he graded out at -5.9 for the season, and in typical rookie fashion his performance was inconsistent all year.
Through the first six weeks of this season the pattern was much the same as Floyd struggled to stand out; his +0.5 overall grade was strictly middle of the pack. However Floyd’s season has sprung to life over the last three weeks, with grades of +2.1, +5.5, and +2.8 in successive games. It was the best performance by any defensive tackle over that period, and boosts Floyd’s overall grade to +10.9, the tenth-best among defensive tackles.
In those three games Floyd recorded 10 total pressures and seven stops against the run. His 9.8 Pass Rushing Productivity, and 15.6 Run Stop Percentage rank seventh and first, respectively, among defensive tackles in that three week span.
If Floyd can maintain this hot streak for the remainder of the season, he will certainly be living up to his lofty draft status. If so, the Vikings will have an impressive young defensive core to build around, in Floyd, Anthony Barr, and Harrison Smith.