2018 Cardinals Draft Profile
Name: Josh Sweat
School: Florida State
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Projected: 2nd – 3rd
Josh Sweat announced he was entering the 2018 NFL Draft and chose to skip Florida State’s bowl game against Southern Mississippi. The move could prove fruitful for Sweat as he embarks on the draft process. The edge rusher was ranked in the top 50 overall coming out of high school. He played all three seasons for the Seminoles. Sweat finished his career with 138 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, and 12 sacks.
The Cardinals possibly have the league’s best pass rushing duo with Chandler Jones and a healthy Markus Golden. Jones led the league in sacks in 2017. Golden missed most of the season with a knee injury. Sweat is a talented but raw pass rusher who has the skills to also play the SAM position in a 3-4 defense. Sweat would be an excellent option off the bench who can also learn and grow without too much pressure. He is likely a day two selection who could slip depending on his combine results. In today’s NFL, one can never have too many pass rushers.
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Shows great athletic ability who can play as a hand in the ground end or stand up rusher. Has shown the ability to drop into coverage in zone schemes. Solid tackler who is able to get off his blocks to wrap up ball carriers. Is able to set the edge outside by using his length and strength against smaller blockers. Has ability to close quickly once he has the edge. Excellent change of direction ability. Plus ability in twist and stunt games. Able to move inside on passing downs and generate pressure.
Struggles at times getting off the line after the snap. Will need to get stronger in his lower body to stand his ground against bigger blockers. Does not seem to have multiple pass rushing moves. Needs to get better with secondary pass rush. Seems inconsistent with his effort. Medicals will determine draft status after major knee injury during senior year of high school and a meniscus injury in 2016.
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