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Associated Press Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, right, tackles Tennessee running back Marlin Lane on September 17, 2011, in Gainesville, Fla. The Minnesota Vikings selected Floyd with the 23rd overall pick of the NFL draft on Thursday.

Vikings get 3 in first round


EDEN PRAIRIE — The Minnesota Vikings have taken Florida defensive tackle Shariff Floyd with the 23rd overall pick in the NFL draft.

Floyd had 13 tackles for loss and 6½ sacks for the Gators as a junior last season. He was initially projected to go in the top 10 of Thursday night’s first round, but tumbled to No. 23. The Vikings have a history of taking Gators who tumbled after scoring big with receiver Percy Harvin in 2009.

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