November 17, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd (73) rushes Jacksonville State Gamecocks quarterback Marques Ivory (12) during the second quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: Why They Should Draft Florida DT Sharrif Floyd


As the Oakland Raiders build their draft boards, it will be interesting to see what they do with the third overall pick in this year’s draft. Do they draft their quarterback of the future, or do they play it safe and pick a sure-fire defensive lineman?

Whichever direction GM Reggie McKenzie decides to pursue, one thing is for sure, the Raider Nation will be scrutinizing this pick for years to come. After evaluating the Raiders roster via free agent acquisitions and releases, I believe they will target Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd.

Floyd has been sky-rocketing up draft boards for the past two months and would clearly fit a need with the Raiders. Although the Raiders signed defensive tackles Pat Sims and Vance Walker, they are no where near Floyd’s skill-set.

In addition, the Raiders let Desmond Bryant walk in free-agency and recently released Tommy Kelly, leaving them with a huge gap to fill down in the trenches. Sure, the sexy pick would be to select West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, as ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has projected, however that would be the wrong choice for a number of reasons.

For starters, Smith has been inconsistent at the college level, and has done nothing to solidify himself as a top five pick. In addition, the Raiders already have a quarterback in Terrell Pryor that played relatively well down the stretch, so why not give him a shot?

Also, if they do in fact go with the West Virginia product, they will be reaching for a player of need. To date, I have been extremely impressed with McKenzie’s ability to identify talent and not reach or over pay for talent, and this year should be no different. McKenzie will make the right choice and select Floyd. It is no coincidence that McKenzie was at Floyd’s Pro Day, and then thereafter released Kelly. All signs point to Floyd and deservedly so.

With the draft just weeks away, I predict the Raiders to target Floyd and build their defense from the inside out. If this is the case, look for the Raiders to take quarterback Matt Barkley out of USC in the second-round as McKenzie is high on him as well.

 

 

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  • Pridenpoise

    Do your homework Oakland has no second round pick. And I don’t think it’s much of a reach to say Oakland is going to Draft Shariff Floyd.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dean.thomas.5496 Dean Thomas

    I agree with the Floyd pick, it’s pretty obvious with the LB’s they’ve picked up they’re trying to get personnel to make the switch to 3-4. He has potential to be like Nata (sp?) of Baltimore.

  • Jay Haskins

    Sorry dude. Shariff is a crazy good DT like you said. But from where I’m sitting, Reggie will have no choice but to let him go and trade down. There are a number of impact DTs and DEs in this draft (Lotulelei, Werner, Richardson etc). If I’m Reggie, I’m spending my days looking for a trade partner. It might even be possible to trade down twice. The Raiders NEED PICKS!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=603408740 Daniel A Martinez

    I don’t think the Raiders should pass up on Floyd. Sure, we could trade down and get another pick, but Floyd is a one in a decade type player. One cannot pass up on the best player in the draft just to get two potentially solid players.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracy.stapleman.7 TracyJon Stapleman

    Floyd is a freak of nature. He would be the highlight of the defense! I could also see Reggie going with Dee Milliner for CB since he has not signed one yet in free agency.