The Vikings found their defensive tackle of the future with the 23rd pick in the NFL draft Thursday, April 25, but they did it by landing a player who wasn't expected to be available so late.

They drafted Florida's Sharrif Floyd with their first of two first-round picks, finding the player who could play alongside, and eventually replace, Kevin Williams in the middle of their defensive line.

The 6-foot-3 Floyd was projected to go in the top five in many mock drafts, but slid through the majority of the first round. He played in a 3-4 defense in college, but he should fit in the Vikings' defensive scheme.