Tommy Sweeney

Boston College
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Prospect Info

College
Boston College
Hometown
Class
Ramsey, NJ
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
251 lbs
32 3/4”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.25
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Buffalo
Bills
Round 7 ‧ Pick 14
40 Yard Dash
4.83u
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Bench Press
17
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Broad Jump
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3 Cone Drill
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20 Yd Shuttle
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Sweeney is looking to become the first Boston College tight end to be drafted since Dallas selected Sean Ryan in the fifth round in 2004. He played in 12 games as a reserve tight end as a redshirt freshman in 2015, catching five passes for 68 yards. As a sophiomore, he started all 13 games, catching 28 passes for 353 yards (13.6 average) and three TDs. His junior campaign turned scouts' heads, as he garnered third-team All-ACC notice by leading the Eagles with 512 receiving yards (on 36 catches, 14.2 average) and four receiving touchdowns. He finished his season by catching seven passes for 137 yards and a score against Iowa in the Pinstripe Bowl. He was a first-team All-ACC selection as a senior, with 32 catches for 348 yards (10.9 average) with three scores.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
NFL Comparison
Nick Vannett
Overview
Reliable combination tight end with the competitiveness to handle the work asked from his position at Boston College. He'll need to get bigger and stronger for run-blocking duties as an NFL "Y" tight end, but he does have the ball skills to offer himself up as a reliable underneath option from time to time. Sweeney's lackluster play speed and athletic traits could limit his draft stock, but he should find a job as late-round, backup tight end.
Strengths
  • Three straight seasons of production and consistency
  • Puts coverage on his hip and shields defender from passing lane
  • Presents as target as soon as he clears coverage
  • Weaves to adjust path against route traffic
  • Physical at top of routes to get head-start into separation
  • Reliable hands
  • Good effort to lift with rolled hips into blocks
  • Down blocks cave the edge to clear pathway over tackle
  • Asked to handle a variety of blocking duties from both a "Y" and wing spot
Weaknesses
  • High-cut and lacking proportional lower body
  • Leggy build leads to elevated pad level as run blocker
  • Needs better knee bend as drive blocker
  • Allows outside hand and elbow to drift too wide after initial strike
  • Lunges and leans for recovery when he fails to strike cleanly as blocker
  • Open-field gait looks heavy and strained
  • Route speed can be a bit monotonous
  • Lack of separation speed might limit his effectiveness beyond first level

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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