Josh Sweat – 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Josh Sweat

OLB

Basics:

Position College Jersey Number Class Scheme
OLB Florida State 9 JR

Measurements (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

Listed Height Listed Weight Listed 40 Time Combine Height Combine Weight Arm Length Hand Size
6'5 236 4.73 6'4 251 34 5/8 10 1/4

Combine Results (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

40 Time Vertical Broad Bench 3-Cone Short Shuttle
4.53 39.5 10'4 DNP 6.88* 4.28

Overview:

Sweat finished his career at Florida State, where he played in 37 career games, had 138 tackles, 24.0 for loss, and 12.0 sacks. He also had 1 interception, 3 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble, and 3 fumbles recovered. He has good edge rush size, he has good speed, is a tackling machine, and has good instincts. He gets good pressure on the quarterback, and is a good pass rusher. He is a defensive play maker, he is very relentless on defense, and is a good cover linebacker. He is also versatile, as he can lineup at both outside linebacker, and defensive end. He also is a hard hitter, he commands double teams, and creates havoc on defense. He also gets a good push on the offensive line, and is a 3-down defender. On the other hand, while he has good speed, he does not have elite edge rush speed, but that does not hurt his game, and when he is lined up at defensive end he tends to have some issues with bigger offensive lineman. With all of that said, I expect Sweat to be a 1st-round pick when it is all said and done.

Strengths:

Has good edge rush size

Has a non stop motor

Is in on every play

Does not give up on many plays

A sure fire tackler

A tackling machine

Has good speed

Has put up a good amount of sacks

Gets good pressure on the QB

Is a good pass rusher

Very relentless defender

Has good instincts

A tough nosed player

Uses his speed to get to the QB

A defensive play maker

A difference maker

Is good in coverage

Lines up at both OLB and DE

Gets a good push on the offensive line

Commands double teams

A hard hitter

Creates havoc on defense

A 3 down defender

Does a good job of bringing the QB and backs down behind the line of scrimmage for a loss

Put up good sack numbers at FSU

Weaknesses:

While he has good speed he does not have elite edge rush speed but that does not hurt his game

He has some issues with bigger offensive lineman when lined up as a DE

Career Stats:

Games Played: 37

Tackles: 138

Tackles For Loss: 24.0

Sacks: 12.0

Interceptions: 1

Pass Breakups: 3

Forced Fumbles: 1

Fumbles Recovered: 3