DEEP FRIED DRAFT
Josh Sweat is more of an athlete that rushes the passer than he is a pass rushing athlete. He goes missing from too many plays for me to consider him in the upper echelon of edge rushers. Sweat will be drafted higher than he should be based on his athletic profile. I wouldn’t select him until the early portion of Round Three.
Sweat is an average run defender. He lacks a variety of ways to get to the passer. Sweat only seems to try to run around tackles or tight ends. He takes plays off way too often.
DFD COOKBOOK RECIPE
138 tackles, 29 TFL, 14.5 sacks, 6 PBU
Today we are going to look at a player that is rising after blowing up the Combine. Josh Sweat was a five-star recruit from Oscar Smith HS (Chesapeake, VA). He chose the Seminoles over Georgia, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech. Sweat started nine games as a true freshman after recovering from an injury his senior year of high school. As a sophomore, he recorded seven sacks over ten games. Sweat was the team leader in sacks during the 2017 campaign after starting all twelve games.
2016: Miami (FL), Clemson, Michigan (Bowl)
2017: Alabama, NC State
Sweat has scheme versatility. He can line up with his hand down in a three-point stance or stand up as an outside linebacker. He has a quick get off. Sweat’s athletic testing at the Combine was phenomenal. He ran a 4.55 in the forty with a ridiculous 1.55-second ten-yard split. Sweat also had a vertical leap of 39.5 inches.