Before They Were Pros: Sharrif Floyd

Sharrif Floyd (USA TODAY)

Sharrif Floyd talked about his draft status, his decision to leave Florida early, his skill set, his approach to football and much more at his media interview at the NFL Scouting Combine.

On potentially being a top-five pick …
My agent has been telling me about it, but I haven't really been focusing on it. I've been getting ready to put on a show here. I can't wait to run actually. I've just been focusing on the task at hand and not let anything get me above where I am right now or below.

On what kind of show he expected at the NFL Scouting Combine …
Just a show. No preview. No predictions.

On what he worked on to improve his draft status …
What I am really looking forward to doing is running my 40. I've been working on that, not for long, but I have been working on it. I'm just patiently waiting for Monday to come, going through the process and enjoying everything that they're throwing at me.

On what separates his from the other defensive linemen …
We all separate from each other because of how we carry ourselves and have different styles of play. We all have something different that we can bring to the table, so it's kind of a lot more wide open than we think. It's all up to the teams and what they need for their team.

On why a team should take him …
In my eyes I feel I'm a leader, I'm a dynamic player, I'm going to go out there and disrupt at my position and everything that's needed for a defensive tackle and that they need for their team I have.

On being projected as a top-five player …
It's not really tough. It's kind of like, you give me (that status) and I'm not giving it up. It's that kind of a thing. Honestly, they feel I'm at the top and I'm trying not to lose that right now. If they're talking about me, let's keep them talking about me.

On a a player in the league he patterned his game after …
I haven't really watched the league in a long time. I first started watching it in 2007, but I did get to know Ndamukong Suh in 2010 so we have a good relationship and I've watched him play a couple of times.

On how he got to know Suh …
We were at the Maxwell Awards dinner. That was the year I won high school player of the year and he was there for college player of the year and we got a chance to sit down and talk a little bit off the field and bounce ideas and thoughts off each other. He's actually exactly the same as I am off the field. I can't speak for on the field yet. It was just normal conversation, two friends talking.

On the best offensive lineman he has faced …
Not so much on game day, but Mike Pouncey. I think he's playing center for the Miami Dolphins.

On what would it mean to go to the Eagles at No. 4, where he grew up …
Back to the City of Brotherly Love it is. It would be good to go back home and see a lot of familiar faces and do something good for the city. I have thought about it.

On not watching football until 2007 …
The first game I ever watched was the Super Bowl when the Colts won it in 2007. It wasn't that there was no interest, I just didn't know nothing about it, so there was no reason to watch it. Even when I started playing there was no interest in watching it because I liked to play it instead of sitting down and being still and watching a game while all my friends were jumping around and getting excited for no reason. It just wasn't a preference of mine, but now it is so I watch it and play it now."

On what he was watching when he weren't watching football …
Disney Channel.

On his training recently …
I think the big difference besides the fact that Jeff (Dillman) came in and was our strength coach is that the team came all together. We trusted each other as a unit and there wasn't any personal interest in it. It wasn't ‘Let me get my stance and do what I have to do' type of thing. It was more ‘What am I going to do for my teammate or what am I going to do for the guy next to me who is going to give everything he's got? Can I do the same thing and he trusts me that I'm going to do my job and I'll be in my gap while they're in their gap?' So it was more of a team thing than it was a personal thing this year.

On what it was like playing for Will Muschamp?
I think it was great because he's a head coach who was a defensive player and you get to see his excitement. He doesn't just walk around like a mummy on the sideline and get mad and get back to normal. He gets excited as well as gets mad, so when he's on you you're like, all right, I've seen you get excited when you see that I'm doing good and now he's just getting on me that he corrected me on during the week of practice and I messed it up again. So it was really good. I love his excitement and the way he jumps around, even when he gets mad because if you don't get mad you don't care that I just messed up, so it was actually really good.

On what factored into his early decision to go pro early …
Before my season started I sat down with Coach Muschamp and Dan Quinn and Coach Muschamp said, ‘If you're going in the first round this year I'm kicking you out.' So that took a chip off of my shoulder where I didn't have to worry about what I was going to do after this season and it allowed me to focus on my team. And at the end of the year, after the Sugar Bowl, coach came in and shook my hand and said, ‘Congratulations, now go make your name known in the league.' And that was him telling me to get out of Florida. So I shook his hand, shook all the coaches' hands, talked a little bit and he said if I ever needed anything, give him a call.

On what Disney shows he watched …
I am not an "iCarly" guy. "That's So Raven," I was watching that when I was young. And Cartoon Network – the Looney Tunes.

On competing in drills with other defensive linemen …
I feel when I get on the field it's competing. We didn't come here to be on the field and be friends. We're all competing for the same job and it's a job interview. So what would you do if it was me and you and we were best friends and they said only one of us can get it? We'd compete and at the end of the day if I get it I'm going to shake your hand, and if you get it you're going to shake my hand and that's not going to stop our friendship or whatever it is we build along the way. So we all know what it is and what it's going to be. It's just a matter of how some are going to take it.

On if the NCAA handled his suspension fairly …
It's not a fairness thing anymore. Things happen. I sat down with my coaches and they fought for me as best they could so there's no bad blood between us for that. We got it reduced to two instead of four so we just dealt with it. There wasn't a grudge or anything. We were just waiting to get back on the field and that's what we did."

On the difference between playing inside and outside on the line …
Inside is much closer to the ball and to running plays that are going toward you or away from you and it's much easier to disrupt plays that are going away. Outside, you have to be a little more patient in some situations. The ball can run away from you and you have to chase it down from behind. But still they both get their fair share of disruption and sacks and things of that nature, so there's a different mindset at the two positions, but you get more contact at the three-technique and I needed to get down there where it was noisy.


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