Eagles To Host Sharrif Floyd, Eric Fisher

Add two big names to the list of players the Eagles are taking a look at in front of the 2013 NFL Draft.

According to sources, the team will be bringing in Florida defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd and Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher for visits.

Both are potential top-5 picks, and could conceivably be selected by the Eagles at No. 4.

Sheil profiled Fisher on Tuesday. The 6-7, 306-pounder played both right and left tackle in college, and also saw some time at right guard. The Eagles have not been aggressive in their pursuit of offensive linemen in free agency, perhaps a sign that they feel comfortable they can address the front in the draft.

“Certainly you talk about a couple guys [tackles] at the top [of the draft] that are really impressive players and people, and those guys go quick in the draft,” said general manager Howie Roseman. “And as you go through it there are some interesting guys throughout.”

Fisher and Luke Joeckel are largely considered the top tackles in this class. Several mock drafts have Fisher landing with the Eagles.

Others project Floyd to be the pick. The 6-3, 297-pound Philadelphia native has proven a versatile player in his time with the Gators. From NFL.com:

A rough childhood did not prevent Floyd from earning national accolades for his play in high school, as he won the 2009 Maxwell Football Club’s National Player of the Year award. And by the end of his sophomore year at Florida (he racked up 1.5 sacks against Ohio State in the team’s Gator Bowl win), Floyd began showing scouts the athleticism, strength, and motor they require in a top tackle prospect. He has been an incredibly important and versatile defender up front for Florida, playing both one and two-gap techniques at defensive end, one and three-technique, and as a true zero-technique nose tackle. While Floyd is rough around the edges and will take time to develop as a two-gapper, the Gator’s quickness, athleticism, and scheme versatility will make him coveted by 4-3 and 3-4 teams alike in the first round.

More on that rough childhood here, courtesy of Jeff Darlington.

Be sure to bookmark the master list of all of the Eagles pre-draft workouts and visits.

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  • jmkrav

    Do we think Floyde is a Nose in the NFL? Any idea how much weight players with his build typically can gain in NFL programs? Seems to me like he needs at least 15-20 pounds before he can play nose. Maybe strong side DE at first and then Nose later in his career?

    • GGeagle21

      Really Ike Floyd, but my problem is, when I’m honest with myself, I see Floyd and Richardson as 3tec, which is the ideal position for Fletcher Cox. For our defense I would rather have a big boy type at 5tec, that can take on double teams and keep lineman off our Linebackers..I’m looking for a true 5tec who can also play NT…more in the mold of someone like: Star, Hankins, Jesse Williams, Brandon Williams, monetarily Hughes.

      • I agree w/ u about floyd being best at the 3 tech. But i would take him over star if they both on the board.

        • GGeagle21

          I dont know if I can agree. I will tell you this, If we didnt have Cox, this would be an absolute no brainer for me..I would take Floyd over star without even thinking of it, because he will pressure the passer and hit the gaps hard and hit them with speed. See this is so hard to talk about without knowing the scheme…but Im under the assumption that we are going 4-3under, and if thats the case, with Cox already on the roster, I have to take Star ahead of Floyd. Star is a big boy, with insane explosion off the ball. Demeco is a somewhat undersized Mike THumper(although I think he will be fine due to how physical he is), but a bigger body, better accustomed to taking on double teams is probably more important than another gap shooter(just my oppinion, not saying its right). The strongside guard wont just be able to tee off on Demeco all game long, because he will probably have to pay attention to helping out on star…it will make life easier for Demeco, and also help create that wall that the 4-3under is designed to create so that our Wil(kendricks) can run free, sideline to sideline making plays.

          If I were a betting man, I would bet that when we go nickle on 3rd down next year, we will go back to a 4man line, running a 4-2-5. In that case, star next to Cox is just a nasty interior disruptive lineup, especially with Graham and Cole flanking them, at defensive end where they are so comfortable..thats a nasty 3rd down alignment(sopo will come off the field)…i would rather take Dion in rd 1, and ideally have Hankins or Tank Carradine fall to us in rd 3, with Barrett Jones in rd 3.

          But if we cant get Dion(or a trade back), I immediately turn to star, than Floyd(simply because Star is a much better fit for the defense I expect us to play, but wtf do I really know, If im wrong about the defense we will play, than my oppinion would quickly change

          but if Cox wasnt on our roster, I would certainly take floyd instead of Star. just my humble oppinion

          • Lukekelly65

            I see Cox and Floyd being a lot alike in their styles of play so because of that i do agree that star might be the better fit i think both guys would be great picks but star may fit slightly better. I’m not sure which player has the higher ceiling but if i had to pick i think Floyd does also Star has the heart issue so that has to check out as well

    • Andy

      Sheil put together a nice table of the height and weights of nose tackles around the league that you may find helpful: http://www.phillymag.com/eagles/2013/03/07/eagles-could-look-for-nose-tackle-in-free-agency/

  • xlGmanlx

    Cox/Sop/Floyd front is a pretty exciting potential front.

    • Richard Colton

      I’m thinking that Sop is more of a stopgap (a Sop-gap?) How does Cox/Jesse Williams/Floyd sound? Granted, it’s a serious D-line investment at the top of the draft.

      • I agree Sop is just a temp hire. The kid out of Georgia…Geathers is a mammoth 6’5″ 344 lbs and can be had in the 4th round. I think he is a little under the radar because there was another kid at Georgia who played DT and projects as a first rounder. Floyd/Geathers/Cox could be nice for years to come.

        • Richard Colton

          I’m saving my 4th round pick for the Honey Badger, but I like your style. I’ll call Howie and tell him to put Geathers on the board.

          • Lol, thanks man.

          • GGeagle21

            I have a feeling, we will strongly target Miami CB Brandon McGee in the 4th…I dont know why, because I really dont like the hurricanes, but I been getting that gut feeling for months, and recently I read a list of guys we have showed interest in thus far, and he was listed as us being very interested. with needing to solidify the trenches early in the draft, but we also need a potentially starting outside corner to back up B-Fletch and his bad knees.,Since we dont have the luxury at CB, like we do at safety where we have backups with extended playing experience.. I think it makes much more sense for them to target Brandon McGee, than the Badger who would probably be a dime corner, and sT ace…Of course, I love the badger as much as anyone..Im just trying to think thru the eagles eyes(Tough luck, I know), instead of what I want as a fan…Just my humble guess…but believe me, if the badger’s name is called when we pick in the 4th, I will be PUMPED UP!

        • GGeagle21

          If you like Kwame Gaethers(who I also like), check out Montari Hughes, and Brandon Williams(you probably know about him already)

          • They don’t seem like bad options. I tell you the main reason why I prefer Geathers…level of talent for the competition. Georgia faced much more formidable opponents. I also like Williams out of Alabama but would have to spend a second or third rounder on him.

          • GGeagle21

            I won’t argue with you. I think very highly of gaethers

        • JofreyRice

          I just like Georgia’s program in General. I think they are well-coached and very professional in their development of players. I’d love for the Eagles to grab Baccari Rambo, and I think Sanders Commings is an NFL starting corner, as well.

          Geathers is interesting because of that world class size. I like him myself. I did see a bit of a conflicting opinion by NFL draft analyst–and former defensive end (had a cup of coffee with several teams)–Ryan Riddle. Riddle said that he thought Geathers was going to have to move to offensive line because of his lack of burst off the ball and high pad level–but that at his size, with his arm length, he could become a good OLineman.

  • If Fisher is all that…I think I’d rather take the 10 year OT versus a player who’s role is going to be to take up space & blockers on the DL. I’d like to think we can find that later in the draft.

    • That wouldn’t be his role. Floyd has pass-rushing talent and technique. He should be able to collapse the pocket as he grows. In 2011 he showed the ability to mush-rush and contain Braxton Miller as a DE.

  • eaglesanch

    Eagles doing their homework on all prospects. Love this offseason, and the new regimes approach to things. A good draft and we are right back in the thick of things. I know we don’t have a Franchise QB, but if they build the core of defense and solidify O-line this year it’s a great start. Foles will get his shot and theyll see what happens and if it doesn’t work out they’ll fix it next year with a deeper college QB class.

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    Im all about Floyd or Jarvis at #4..game changers on D…and the next few picks going offense