Ed “Pi Double i” Henderson
Who is the 6-foot-4 251 pound Josh Sweat?
Sweat starred at Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Va, and during his senior year, he tore his ACL and dislocated his knee. Sweat was regarded as one of the nations most highly recruited player by every major program, and on their recruiting radar. However, it didn’t dissuade the programs to cease from pursuing him and optimistic of his intent to sign with that program. Sweat was part of Florida State’s consensus top-five recruiting class in 2015, as he graduated early from Smith High school and enrolled early into Florida State, to participate in the spring practices. In 2016, he suffered yet another injury, as he suffered a torn MCL (Meniscus Cartilage Ligament). Sweat junior season he started 12 games with 56 tackles (12.5 for loss), 5.5 sacks, and three pass breakups. Sweat decided to forego his senior year and declared for the 2018 NFL Draft. The Florida State Seminole’s qualified for the Independence Bowl against Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles and Sweat decided not to play in the bowl game as he would prepare for the combine. At that 2018 NFL Combine, Sweat impressed the NFL scouts as he ran a blazing 4.53 in the 40 Yard dash, which was the fastest of all the defensive linemen. He jumped 39.5” in the vertical jump and leaped 124” in the broad jump. Sweat earned ACC All-American Honorable Mention as a freshman, and also was on the Nagurski Award Watch List.
Josh Sweat Highlights
Nicknamed as “The Freak”, he is every bit of that on the field, very explosive off the point of attack, and able to beat tackles inside with his lateral quickness. Has the ability to adjusts and reacts well in traffic in pursuit to the ball carrier. Has the exceptional quality of moves and stunts to beat blockers. He possesses the ideal arm length and hand size as an edge rusher at the next level. Is a perfect fit as a weak side and strong side 4-3 Edge rusher or Edge rusher in a 3-4 scheme. Has great ability to create negative plays for losses. Despite to major knee injuries, still lethal as a pass rusher. Uses his hands well and play below pad level.
For starters, he has medical concerns with his history of multiple knee injuries. Must get hands up higher with bigger linemen to create more leverage, and need to add a counter move to avoid becoming a one-dimensional as a pass rusher. He lacks the ability to stun tackles onto their heels with a power rush, tends to key on blocker rather than the ball carrier. Has an undersized frame to play with his hand in the ground from the edge, but essentially needs to get stronger and beneficial by putting on weight with more muscle mass.
Is he a fit for the Rams?
Absolutely, the Los Angeles Rams are in a desire need of an edge rusher as they traded away Robert Quinn, and not resigning veteran Connor Barwin. Despite his knee injuries, he is a prolific rusher and has the knack to create negative run plays. Wade Phillips is probably salivating on Sweat to be around with the #87 picked. He is a player that can come in and start right away, and shore up the edge. His knee injuries affect his draft status of 2018 NFL Draft, which is perfect for the Rams.
3rd - 4th Round
Jordan Jenkins, New York Jets