Josh Sweat

Florida St.
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Prospect Info

College
Florida St.
Hometown
Class
Chesapeake, VA
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
251 lbs
34 5/8”
Hands
10 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.59
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Philadelphia
Eagles
Round 4 ‧ Pick 30
40 Yard Dash
4.53
Seconds
Bench Press
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Vertical Jump
39.5
INCHES
Broad Jump
124.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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20 Yd Shuttle
4.28
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Florida State has had its fair share of defensive ends make it to the NFL, which may have helped Sweat pick the Seminoles as a five-star, top-10 overall recruit nationally coming out of Virginia. He missed most of his senior season of high school due to injury but still made an immediate impact in his first year on campus at Tallahassee. Sweat played in all 13 games, starting nine, made 41 tackles, five for loss, and two sacks. He finished the year on a high note, making two tackles for loss and a sack against Houston in the Peach Bowl. Knee surgery sidelined Sweat early in the 2016 season, but he came back to use his length and agility as an edge rusher to affect opponents' offenses. The sophomore started 10 games, playing in 12 overall, and was credited with 41 tackles, 11.5 for loss, and seven sacks (all coming in the final eight weeks). Sweat took that success and ran with it, starting 12 games, posting 56 tackles, 12.5 for loss, 5.5 sacks, with three breakups. He chose not to play in the Independence Bowl against Southern Miss to prepare for the NFL Draft.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
NFL Comparison
Barkevious Mingo
Overview
Sweat has the length, frame and athletic qualities to fit right in as a 3-4 SAM or rush linebacker, but he needs to go to school with a position coach or a talented veteran to help unlock his pass rush potential. Sweat's initial quickness and issues with contact balance could hinder his ability to play with his hand down. He has the ability to become a decent NFL starter but there is a wide disparity between his ceiling and floor thanks to concerns surrounding the current and future health of his knee.
Strengths
  • Despite injuries, still flashes good athletic ability
  • Can play with a hand down or standing
  • Fluid enough to drop into space
  • Has immediate change of direction talent with almost no stall in his transition
  • Talented tackler with impressive reactive athleticism
  • Able to disengage and gather into a tackle-ready position quickly
  • Uses long arms to ensnare, wrap, and finish runners
  • Has tools to be an edge-setter against tight ends
  • Hands are active and can swipe away outside hand of tackle to help grease the edge
  • Capable of flipping hips over the top of pass setting tackles
  • Able to flatten and close with burst once he gets the edge
  • Uses forward lean and hip thrust to generate speed to power
  • Gives punching tackles a moving target to strike
  • Can reduce inside as a rusher
  • His stride length and lateral quickness are a plus in twist game
Weaknesses
  • Hits snooze button off the snap and is always the last one out of his stance
  • Late start creates challenges beating tackles upfield
  • Frame carries a lean lower body
  • Forced to work overtime to try and anchor against power
  • Lacks leg drive to play through redirect blocks
  • In a constant state of forward lean creating below average contact balance
  • Drops head and loses sight on ball carrier
  • Segmented mover as pass rusher with no real plan
  • Decelerates when approaching the edge
  • Hard to find a legitimate inside counter move on tape
  • Motor runs hot and cold
  • Scouts are concerned with his medicals
  • Had severe knee injury his senior year of high school and a meniscus injury in 2016
Sources Tell Us

"I wish I could just hang onto my draft grade until after we saw how he does with combine medicals. If he checks out medically then I see a coachable player with a ton of upside as a pass rusher." - AFC East Coast scout

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GRADE
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