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April 26, 2013

Cowboys stayed away from Sharrif Floyd because he didn't quite fit in new defense

The Cowboys opted not to try to wait for defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd in the first round Thursday night because he didn’t fit their new defensive scheme.

“In our system, we probably would put a premium on a quick-twitch potential 3-technique,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Thursday night after the first round. “We view him as not that, but certainly maybe capable of getting there. So that is a case where our system, our switch from the 3-4 where he was obviously a nose tackle – had a lot of promise."

Floyd, mocked as high as No. 3 to the Raiders, went No. 23 to Minnesota after the Cowboys traded out of the 18th pick to the 31st. It could be that his lack of sacks at Florida – only 4 1/2 in his career – hurt Floyd’s stock more than expected.

“He’s an outstanding football player,” Jones said. “But we were sitting there with some real good grades in a couple situations. Again, I think you’ve got to put our decision-making with a real focus on doing something in the interior offensive line.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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