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Thread: Vikings select Sharrif Floyd

  1. #11
    Coach in Training
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Upper Michigan
    My Packers fan roommate actually came to me and said that this draft looked like one of the best he's ever seen. Never thought I'd hear that in my life. He's a bit of a sensationalist but, still.

    Wow. Hard to picture a better first day than this. I'm hoping tomorrow that we continue the aggressive approach and land one of the top linebackers that slipped. If we traded our whole draft just to land one of the top 3 guys at ILB, I'd call that a win at this point.

    I mean, it's hard to not look good with 3 picks in round one but, damn. What a first day.

  2. #12
    Celebrating in the 1st Deck
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Base on the trade value chart our remaining picks will only get us upto the start of the 4th round. We don't have enough trade ammunition to move back into the 2nd to go after a falling Te'o unless we want to dip into next years picks to do it.

    Remaining picks

    #120 = 54
    #155 = 29.4
    #189 = 15.8
    #213 = 6.2
    #214 = 5.8
    total = 111.2

    First pick in the 4th round #98 = 108

    I think we are better off stay put and hoping we can find some needed depth guys with our remaining 5 picks. I'm hoping either MLB Kevin Reddick or MLB A.J. Klein are still available when we pick at #120.
    All he does is catch TOUCHDOWNS!!!!!!!!!!

  3. #13
    I am thinking that there is more to come.
    With Allen and KW getting older, and these picks, and the addition of Jennings, this could be a great season.
    I am wondering if Allen is willing to restructure and do a new 2-3 year deal that opens up $ to bring in Urlacher for 2 years ?

    I think we look to a draft a LB in the 4th and regardless of inside or out, take the highest rated. I would expect depth at LB also. There is some decent players out there.
    Friday will be a frustrating day as we just sit back and watch !
    Unless we can offer up our 4th and a pick next year ? But for who?

  4. #14
    Minnesota Vikings: Sharrif Floyd's circuitous journey pays off
    By Mike Jensen
    Philadelphia Inquirertwincities.com
    Posted: 04/26/2013 12:01:00 AM CDT
    April 26, 2013 3:46 PM GMTUpdated: 04/26/2013 10:46:10 AM CDT

    Sharrif Floyd holds up a Vikings jersey after he was picked 23rd overall by Minnesota in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013 in New York. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

    NEW YORK -- Sharrif Floyd, who first made his name playing football for a high school on Bustleton Avenue -- George Washington High, in the Philadelphia Public League -- was picked 23d overall in Thursday's first round of the NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings.

    The surprise was that Floyd didn't go a lot higher.

    A massive defensive tackle with a sprinter's burst, the former Florida Gators star left after his junior year after his college coaches told him he would be a first-round draft choice.

    Thursday turned into a long night for Floyd, who didn't go as high as virtually all mock drafts had predicted. He had been forecast as a top-five pick in many. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock actually had Floyd as his No. 2-rated player on the entire board.

    At 10:45, George Washington's principal, Kathy Murphy, said, "It's the Vikings." Somebody in the crowd had just gotten word from the green room where Floyd had been waiting. Floyd had gotten the phone call.

    Ten minutes later, Floyd was on stage showing off his purple jersey. At 6-foot-3 and roughly 300 pounds, Floyd played inside and out on the Gators defensive line, but he said he believes defensive tackle in a 4-3 system suits him best. NFL teams seemed to agree.

    Floyd's own story is kind of a Philly version of "The Blind Side." For stretches of high school, Floyd lived with his guidance counselor's family. He also had lived with his great-grandmother. As a senior, he lived for a time in the basement of a friend's house. The school held a bake sale to help send him to an all-star game, where he turned heads. He was a no-doubt-about-it blue-chip recruit, with offers from Penn State, Ohio State and other powers.
    A year ago, he was adopted by a Chester County couple who had earlier given him money, which had caused him to be suspended for two games as a Florida sophomore.

    A bus had come to the draft from Philly that included his high school coach and principal, several George Washington assistants, a cousin, a high school buddy, and his great-grandmother, who sat in the back.

    "It was kind of low-key, kind of quiet, in anticipation," George Washington coach Ron Cohen said of the mood on the bus.

    This week, Floyd said his first purchase would be a home for his great-grandmother in Atlanta, where he has extended family. She had been his most stabilizing influence growing up in North Philadelphia, he said.

    Murphy, the George Washington principal, said she asked Floyd to speak at this year's graduation.

    While Floyd was at her school, Murphy said she kept hearing the same thing, from teachers, coaches and guidance counselors: "They all believed in him," Murphy said. "I began to take note of him."

    She remembers how as an underclassman, Floyd was a mentor to ninth graders, a pretty effective one.

    Inside Radio City Music Hall, the George Washington group was in the back of the bottom section, right behind the cameras that focused on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announcing the picks, about 10 rows behind the ESPN set featuring Chris Berman, Jon Gruden and Mel Kiper. Just to the left was another television set featuring Mayock and the rest of the NFL Network crew.

    They weren't the only ones cheering in the end. All of Radio City seemed to stand for Floyd when his name was finally announced.

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