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.
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.
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.
Tech’s physical, intelligent corner might not wow scouts with his measurables, but his tenacity and intelligence could earn him a late-round selection.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.