Don’t write down the name “Luke Joeckel” on your draft card just yet.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Kansas City Chiefs GM John Dorsey called DT and top draft prospect Sharrif Floyd yesterday.
From Rapoport, via Twitter:
I said on Around the League: #Chiefs GM John Dorsey called Florida DT Sharrif Floyd yesterday to check on him. Hmmm. At 1 or for trade back?
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 23, 2013
This is very interesting. As with all these reports, it means one of two things.
1. The Chiefs are interested in selecting Sharrif Floyd.
2. The Chiefs are trying to make the teams behind them think they are thinking of selecting Sharrif Floyd.
Let’s review each option.
The Chiefs are interested in Floyd:
It is possible. The Chiefs did lose Glenn Dorsey and could use some help along their defensive line.
He started the next 11 games at defensive end in head coach Will Muschamps 3-4 defense(46 totals tackles, 6.5 for loss), culminating with a 1.5-sack performance in the teams 24-17 victory over Ohio State in the Gator Bowl. Floyd had already showed promise as a member of the coaches Freshman All-SEC squad in 2010, playing in all 13 games with one of his two starts coming against Penn State in the Gators Outback Bowl win (he had two tackles, a tackle for loss).
The trick here is that the Branden Albert trade may have fallen through. If that is the case, the Chiefs may not see the value in drafting a LT. John Dorsey could decide to pivot and go with the top defensive player on his board instead. That player could be Floyd.
The Chiefs want teams to think they are considering Floyd:
Also possible. If KC has gotten wind that one of the teams behind them is in love with Floyd, they may want to frighten that team to trade with them.
Floyd is often mocked to the Raiders at No. 3. What if Oakland or the Eagles, picking at No. 4, really wants Floyd? The Chiefs could potentially swap spots and still get the tackle they want. They could then pull the trigger on the Branden Albert trade after, so as not to totally tip their hand about selecting a tackle.
We don’t have much longer to wait now. What do you think, Addicts? Is Dorsey calling Floyd a smokescreen? Or are they Chiefs trading back?