Photo of Rod Sweeting
Grade
65.2 ?
  • 4.42 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 5'11" Height
  • 31 1/4" Arm Length
  • 189LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

Given the scholarly requirements at Georgia Tech, it’s no wonder Sweeting pulled down his high school team’s award for academic and athletic prowess, as well as numerous all-Georgia accolades and four-star recruiting grades. His intelligence will again play a part in his evaluation when NFL scouts decide which defenders to select in the 2013 draft.



He showed the aptitude to play defense and special teams in all 14 games as a true freshman, making seven tackles. Sweeting couldn’t get into the starting lineup in 2010 because of the team’s depth, but he contributed 38 tackles, an interception and seven pass breakups (second-most on the squad) in a reserve role. In his first year as a starter in 2011, he garnered honorable mention All-ACC honors after making 56 tackles, intercepting three passes, forcing two fumbles, and tying for fifth in the conference with 10 pass break-ups. As a senior, Sweeting totaled 58 tackles (six for loss), seven pass breakups, and one interception.

Analysis

Strengths

Intelligent player, collected, and possesses good instincts. He’s a very physical tackler, both able to wrap up ballcarriers and willing to make the big hit when lining up a receiver. He plays with tenacity at the line, willing to attack running backs and bubble screens, even going through a receiver to do it. Fluid athlete. He has solid hands.

Weaknesses

He’ll need to prove his straight-line speed and quickness so scouts can see him close in trail coverage and stay with receivers down the sideline. His lean overall build might also be a concern, as larger veteran NFL receivers will try to separate downfield and win run-blocking battles.

NFL Comparison

Randall Gay

Bottom Line

Tech’s physical, intelligent corner might not wow scouts with his measurables, but his tenacity and intelligence could earn him a late-round selection.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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