Discussions of the Chiefs’ choice with the first overall pick in the NFL draft haven’t usually included Florida defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd. But that may be changing.
Greg Cosell of NFL Films said on NFL Network on Wednesday that he thinks Floyd is “without question” a player the Chiefs could take first overall.
“I think Sharrif Floyd is going to be an All-Pro type player right from Day One. I’ve spoken to people in the SEC who say he’s as good a kid as he is a player, and that’s really important when you draft someone No. 1,” Cosell said.
Cosell even compared Floyd to Houston’s J.J. Watt, the NFL’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year.
“He’s my favorite player that I’ve seen on tape, and I’ve seen an awful lot of players. He’s an explosive athlete playing defensive tackle. He has really light feet,” Cosell said. “He’s so gifted physically that he can play anywhere on the line, and I think he will become, like J.J. Watt, a much better pass rusher in the NFL than he was in college football.”
Chris Mortensen also said on ESPN Radio on Thursday that Floyd could be the Chiefs’ first overall pick, although Mortensen called that an “outside chance” and said that the Chiefs cutting offensive tackle Eric Winston makes it much more likely that they will draft one of the top two offensive tackles, Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M or Eric Fisher of Central Michigan. But even if the Chiefs do take an offensive tackle first overall, Floyd won’t be available for long. Floyd’s name will be one of the first that Roger Goodell calls on April 25.