Cowboys DC Monte Kiffin and DL coach Rod Marinelli didn't think DT Sharrif Floyd was "quick-twitch" enough to excel in their 4-3 defense.
Cowboys scouts graded Floyd as a top-ten player, but the coaching staff was less impressed. The team has only an aging Jay Ratliff and converted 3-4 end Jason Hatcher as starting tackles. But when it was time to pick at No. 18 overall, Jerry Jones traded down. Floyd, who ended up going 23rd overall, should enter his rookie season with a big chip on his shoulder.
Why even have scouts if you're going to disregard their opinions?
It's very interesting that the coach said Floyd wasn't "quick twitch" enough for the 4-3 defense. I would guess 99 percent of scouts before the draft had said Floyd was the most explosive defensive tackle in the draft.
Certainly none of them questioned his explosiveness.