Dave Martin Associated Press Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, running a drill at the NFL combine, is described as explosive, fast and stout.

Raiders to pick Florida's Floyd, mock drafts say

Published: Monday, Apr. 22, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C

If Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie sticks to his mantra "the film doesn't lie," the next star on the silver and black screen could be Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd.

Find a mock draft anywhere on the Internet, and chances are good it has Floyd going to the Raiders with the third overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night.

Four mock drafts on NFL.com by analysts Charley Casserly, Matt Smith, Charles Davis and Daniel Jeremiah have Floyd going to the Raiders. So do Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN and Don Banks of SI.com.

Given the departures of Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly and Desmond Bryant, Floyd qualifies as a step-in-and-start player, with free-agent arrivals Vance Walker and Pat Sims in the rotation if the Raiders keep the third pick rather than trade down for additional selections.

McKenzie was in attendance when Floyd clocked times of 4.93 and 4.87 seconds over 40 yards at his pro day in Gainesville, Fla., on March 22. More importantly, the 6-foot-3, 297-pound Floyd's explosive speed and power are evident against Southeastern Conference competition.

NFL Films analyst Greg Cosell said he thinks Floyd is worthy of the top pick, although the Kansas City Chiefs are expected to select a left tackle such as Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan's Eric Fisher.

"He's my favorite player that I've seen on tape," Cosell said. "He's an explosive athlete playing defensive tackle. He has really light feet. He's so gifted physically that he can play anywhere on the line, and I think he will become, like (the Houston Texans') J.J. Watt, a much better pass rusher in the NFL than he was in college football."

Mike Mayock, analyst for the NFL Network, has Floyd as the No. 2 player in the nation behind Fisher.

"His ability to get up the field and disrupt the pass game is unique for a defensive tackle, and if you can get a defensive tackle that can affect the pass game, you've got something special," Mayock said. "And he's stout enough to play the run."

In terms of McKenzie's preference for character and intangibles, Floyd is off the charts, having persevered through a difficult childhood in Philadelphia. He left as the nation's top-rated high school defensive tackle.

Entering Floyd's junior season, Florida coach Will Muschamp, knowing of Floyd's desire to give his grandmother a better life, took the pressure off in terms of making a decision to go pro.

"Coach Muschamp said, 'If you're going in the first round this year, I'm kicking you out,' " Floyd told reporters at the NFL combine. "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. After the Sugar Bowl, he shook my hand and said, 'Congratulations. Now go make your name known in the league.' "

Other possibilities for the Raiders at No. 3:

• Joeckel, 6-6, 306: Most mock drafts that have Floyd going to the Raiders have Joeckel at No. 1 to the Chiefs.

• Fisher, 6-7, 306: Scouts liken him to standout 49ers tackle Joe Staley.

• Dion Jordan, LB, Oregon, 6-6, 248: An edge rusher similar to the 49ers' Aldon Smith or the Denver Broncos' Von Miller.

• Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah, 6-2, 311: Difficult to move whether playing on the nose or in a 4-3 defense.

• Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma, 6-6, 303: Freakish athlete is a former quarterback with a huge upside.

• Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU, 6-5, 271: Has the most size and pass rushing skill of base ends available.

• Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama, 6-0, 201: Long-armed cover cornerback with a taste for contact.

• Chance Warmack,, G, Alabama, 6-2, 317: Probably too high for a guard unless he's the best player on a team's board.

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