In the NFL draft, it seems that there is always one big-name player that always unexpectedly slides during the first round. This year Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd was that player who watched picks go by without seeing his name appear.
UPDATE: Thursday, Apr. 25, at 10:50 p.m. ET by Michael Dulka
Floyd's slide through the first round came to an end as the Minnesota Vikings took him off the board with the 23rd pick:
Ian Rapoport @RapSheet
#Vikings get Sharrif Floyd, Florida DT… who was supposed to be Top 5. Great value. Should work out well in the long run.2013-4-26 02:46:26
Shariff Floyd expressed his excitement over joining the Vikings on twitter.
Sharrif Floyd @sharriffloyd
Headed to @Vikings . Tell me what it means to rep the purple, #Vikings fans! #AboutOurColors #Spon @Tide2013-4-26 03:00:56
Spotrac.com revealed just how much Floyd lost cost him in terms of his rookie contract:
Shariff Floyd lost an estimated $14M in overall contract value by slipping from #3 to #23 in the draft.2013-4-26 02:48:37
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The defensive tackle was largely considered among the top tackles in the class and as a potential top five overall pick. With the run of offensive tackles and pass-rushers, Floyd and the other defensive tackles slide out of the top 10.
The Raiders were widely considered to be a strong fit for Floyd, but decided to trade back to the 12th pick in the draft. Many thought they would be able to grab Floyd with that pick, but they opted to take cornerback D.J. Hayden instead.
Sheldon Richardson was the first defensive tackle selected as the New York Jets took him with the 13th pick. The Carolina Panthers then immediately took defensive tackle Star Lotulelei with the 14th pick.
The San Francisco 49ers could have been option for Floyd as they traded up to the 18th pick. Instead, they went with safety Eric Reid.
Coming into the draft, Floyd was considered right there with Lotulelei as the top tackle. Both prospects were considered to be ranked higher than Richardson, so his going first was a big surprise.
ESPN's Darren Rovell tweeted an interesting fact about Floyd's slide through the first round:
Darren Rovell @darrenrovell
If you believe Sharrif Floyd was at some point going #3, he has so far lost about $12 million in total contract $2013-4-26 02:23:27
As the first round continues, Floyd remains available. Barring a big surprise, Floyd should be the next defensive tackle to come off the board. The further Floyd falls, the bigger steal some team is going to get.