Vikings: Sharrif Floyd making first round impact

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Vikings: Sharrif Floyd making first round impact


PFF-headlinesMinnesota 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.

  • NAJ

    All those picks chosen by Rick Spielman, give the man some credit as i feel he’s been way too criticised by our fan base at times. Not his fault Ponder had been a major fail, otherwise his drafts have been superb. Add to those Griffen, Patterson, Teddy, McKinnon and Rhodes and we’ve had a few quality years drafts

    • Wyzel

      Ponder is his only miss, Ted Thompson is revered as a draft genius, and he is god awful in the first round. Everyone talks about the late round picks he misses on as the reason he is terrible, well look at most of the league or the history of the draft, it’s very unlikely to find a starter let alone a superstar after the 2nd round. Btw both our starting DE’s are from the 4th rd, so there are some hits past round 2.

      • Dohkay

        Ted Thompson hit on a few picks, most notably Rodgers. Absent Rodgers, that roster is only good for 6 wins a year. The media for some reason ignores that.

    • enai D

      Agreed; people like to whine about Spielman, but the facts don’t lie- especially when it comes to the draft, he’s as good as it gets. Not only all the hits he’s gotten on his picks (Barr, Smith, Rhodes, Floyd, Walsh, Patterson, etc.), look at the (aggressive) moves he’s made the last few years to either move up or acquire more picks.

    • Dohkay

      Matt Kalil? Also, I think it’s too soon to call Teddy and McKinnon solid picks. Let’s give them a few years, though I’ll grant you Patterson and Rhodes.

      • Splot

        Absolutely no one saw Matt Kalil regressing like this. He was the obvious pick at #4 and played very well his first year. The reason he has gotten so bad is a mystery.

        • NAJ

          Not only that but look who else we would have take at 4…Blackmon or Claiborne were being touted.

        • Dohkay

          My point being you can’t call a player a great pick halfway through his rookie year. Kalil looked like a lock to be an all-pro for years to come and now he’s the worst left tackle in football. Teddy and McKinnon are too early to call.

      • NAJ

        Exactly what Splot said. Kalil was an excellent pick originally and was a vital part of the O-line that got us to the playoffs couple years ago. How can it possibly be Spielman’s fault Kalil has completely collapsed the last 18 months. Teddy has already shown excellent signs, just needs to get more consistent and McKinnon will be an excellent complement to AP if he comes back. Not bad for a 3rd round pick.

        • Dohkay

          You can’t count two rookies as great picks. Whose to say they don’t regress like Kalil? By the way, since when do we give breaks for players turning into pumpkins? Should the Raiders get a pass for Jamarcus Russell being a bust? He was a consensus top QB at the time…

          • NAJ

            I didn’t say those were great picks, so far they have been fairly successful with very good potential, better than most rookies so far this year. Not only that but would you not say Barr has been successful very quickly considering everyone would be saying he’d be a project? You can try and pick apart each individual player all you want, what GM has 100% picks right anyway??? Fact: Spielman has very successfully drafted Griffen, Floyd, Barr, and Harrison Smith & Patterson. Even if the jury is still out on Rhodes, Teddy & McKinnon to a degree, they have been solid choices so far with potential to be quality players on this roster for years to come. As for the last comment, how can you possibly compare someone who has never been good in the NFL to someone who had 2 very good years but has regressed? It was a good draft pick at the time and has proven much better than Blackmon or Claiborne + we traded down 1 spot with Browns for an extra pick to take the same player we would have drafted at 3 anyway. Spielman literally got an extra pick from the Browns from nothing. Moving around the board to pick up Smith, Barr, Kalil, Teddy has been superb.

          • Dohkay

            To be fair you’ve had 7 first round picks in 3 years. Most teams have three or four at most. Barr has been very impressive and I actually loved the Teddy pick for you guys but I haven’t seen enough at this point to say he’s going to be good. He’s shown poise and hasn’t had much help but it’s tough to call him a keeper in limited action. Floyd was silent until the past month – exactly why you can’t judge a rookie after a season but still too early to tell if it’s a fluke or indicative of who he really is. I loved Rhodes at FSU (I’m an FSU fan) and he’s seemingly been holding his own though he gets flagged quite often. Patterson has been a mixed bag. Great in the open field but apprently cannot get open very often. Harrison Smith looks fantastic as well.

            Kalil graded out 14th among LTs in 2012, 24th in 2013, and so far 31st in 2014. Don’t be fooled by the Pro Bowl vote – he wasn’t one of the best LTs then and he definitely isn’t now. You can say that the options after him weren’t any better but it doesn’t change the fact that he has not lived up to his draft position and seems to be trending in the wrong direction.

            Don’t get me wrong, first rounders aren’t locks (see Kalil) but it’s much easier to get good to great players in the first than it is later and he’s been fortunate enough to have way more first round selections than other teams which makes him stand out. He’s hit on a few late rounders as well (Robison, Sullivan, Griffen, and Robinson looks like he might be another good one) but that’s over 7 drafts back to 07 (I think that’s when he officially took over but may be wrong). Still, you’ve had arguably the best player in football since 2007 and haven’t really built much talent around him and that falls on the GM.

          • NAJ

            We’ve had that many first rounders because Spielman has moved up the board from the 2nd to select Smith and Teddy. 1 of them for Patterson was from the Harvin trade to Seattle, who hardly played and now they’ve traded him for a lot less than a 1st rounder. Hands down win on that trade. Spielman has only been in sole charge for a few years as it was a trifecta making decisions prior to that. We couldn’t replenish the roster because before Spielman made any decisions, we traded the house for Jared Allen. Obviously was a great player but we had hardly any top picks because of it and then we were all in on Favre. The Ponder pick wasn’t Spielman’s either and that has obviously set us back a couple years (kills me thinking Watt was there a pick earlier!). He hasn’t been perfect but name me 1 GM who has picked perfectly. My original point was that Spielman gets so much stick from our own fans and it’s completely over the top and not justified. Like you said, players like Sullivan & Griffen are good players along with Loadholt, all 3 Spielman has recognised and got them tied down to longer contracts to keep them in Minny for longer

          • Dohkay

            Agreed on the Harvin trade and agreed that he gets a lot of flack in the press (I live in MN). The issue I had with your original post was you giving Spielman credit for guys who really haven’t had enough time to tell (McKinnon and Teddy) and brushing off Ponder and Kalil even though they’re high selection busts. Time will tell but agree that Spielman has been better than most GMs even if the Star Trib and Pioneer Press won’t admit it.

  • Derp

    Vikings fans are funny. He has had three games and 1.5 seasons of mediocrity. Clearly, he’s going to be elite. He played well against the Redskins, Bucs, and Bills. A murder’s row of “bleh” teams. Good job!

    • Cole

      This was not written by a Vikings fan. So what are you talking about?

      • Splot

        Exactly, PFF is an unbiased source. They just watch the tape and tell report the results.

  • hungblunt

    He was a developmental prospect coming into his career, and had top 5 talent by below that in production. Zimmer was a great coach for him who emphasized how to play the position at a high level. You could tell he was keying on him in training camp on making him an impact player, and perhaps he’s finally starting to “break out”.
    Good deal, Vikings need all the production they can get on defense.

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  • matt

    hungblunt, you don’t need to use cute buzzwords like “high level,” “production,” and “impact player.” This isn’t an interview. Just speak plainly. Say he was a developmental prospect and that Zimmer has been a good coach for him. That’s enough.