DE Josh Sweat, Florida St.*

6’5″ – 251 lbs. – 4.53

Started nine of thirteen games played as a true freshman, then ten of twelve as a sophomore and all twelve as a junior before foregoing his senior season to declare for the draft. Tall defensive end with solid length and adequate bulk. Lines up on both sides of the line but might project as more of a left end at the next level. Very tenacious, high-motor defensive end who gives a good effort on a snap-to-snap basis. Exhibits a physical on-field temperament. Most successful when he’s using the bull-rush or making inside moves to obtain a clear path. Fires out of his stance low and has the power to generate push with his bull rush and threaten to collapse the pocket. Does a good job of keeping his legs churning after contact. Has clear explosiveness to his movements but is a little bit linear; not the type of defensive end who will win the edge with speed and make a smooth arc back to the passer. However, tends to be the last Seminole off the line; a little bit slow to react to the ball being snapped. In such situations, flashes the closing burst necessary to finish his rushes with sacks. However, is more of a pressure-generator than a sack artist, with a somewhat straightforward approach to rushing the passer. Gets his hands up to contest passing lanes. Had a lot of two-gap responsibilities as a run defender. Flashes the type of lower-body strength to anchor effectively when run at, and can reset the line of scrimmage with his bull rush. Has enough power and violence in his hands to shed blocks with a swipe move, but can struggle to locate the ball when taking on opposing offensive linemen. Looks fast and rangy in pursuit but could play with a little bit more patience when working in backside contain; aggressiveness when scraping down the line can be exploited by misdirection. Combine medical evaluation will be important, given that he suffered what is regarded as a horrific knee injury in high school. A big defensive end with the power and intensity teams look for, but who lacks the twitchiness and bend of a primary pass-rusher, and who can struggle to locate the ball when defending the run. Consequently, could end up slipping into the middle rounds, but has the potential to work his way into a defensive line rotation, ideally as a left end in a two-gap scheme.

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