Josh Sweat- Edge FLA ST

6-4, 251, 34.5" Arms!

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By TOM

He has elite hands, but holds onto the blocker for far too long before shedding them. He has to learn to shed the OL faster. He tends to read more than react. He needs to use his power in combination with his elite blast off right away. But he has to wait to read the play. Needs to trust his instinct more, and just go. Although he does look like Wise a lot powering the OTs back as he read the play and turns toward the B, more than bends.

There is so much to like about Sweat, but there just seems to be something missing from his game. I think he lacks a little bend and instincts. But he did improve a ton this season playing behind his eyes. He saw it better this year. So there is hope that he can improve his instincts. Otherwise, I think he might be more of an inside rusher, which is not a bad thing. He is not a pure edgerusher.

He will be a D-end in the NFL, where he ability to play inside and outside will make him more valuable. Great powerful hands. He has great pop in his hands to knock the OLs up, and then get under them. Explosive athlete when he lets loose. He can burst past the OT with his blast off. At his best when he can put speed to power. 

Great blend of speed and power. He looked and played much smarter this season. He played with much better eyes this season. But he still doesn't show the best instincts and football awareness sometimes. Gets stuck on blockers too much. He needs to add some second and third moves, when his first fails.

He had a good start, but seemed to tail off. "From last year, Sweat’s made huge jumps as far as effort, his technique and motor," FSU DL Brian Burns said. "Everything has been pretty great. I look up to him so I just try to model my game after him. He’s doing a great job." I thought he looked like an NFL player at the beginning of the season.

He can get low and dig under Tackles to the QB. "Josh is really evolving into a really good player, complete player," Jimbo Fisher said. "And understanding his role and how to play consistent every week, how to prepare what he's got to do weekly to be in position, mentally, physically to make the plays he has to make." He is playing with so much better leverage this season. 

He is consistently holding up on the edge. "Doing a great job in the run," Fisher said. "Pass rush, [he] has got some pressure and things, but he's done a great job in the run. Especially how we had him playing. His strength and power allows him do that." He was playing stouter than his listed weight.

Great lateral burst, combos his great hands, and he is sacking the QB. "Doing it at practice is probably my biggest thing," Sweat said. "Just repping it over and over again. Practicing hard and it just carries over."  His hands are much better this season. 

He doesn't use it consistently, but he does have the speed to run around the OLT. He has chosen to sit out this Bowl game as well. This game just got even less interesting.

Additional Notes:

Pro Day: "My biggest thing when I was coming out was everybody is going to wonder 'is he fine?'" Sweat said. "If I’m still wearing it, they’re like, 'Yeah, something is still going on,' When I went to the combine, I checked out and there’s nothing wrong. But I knew that coming into it that if I would run fast and jump high, the odds would be in my favor." 

Louisville: He is having a great season. He just get low and digs under tackles to the QB. Great lateral burst, combos his great hands, and he is sacking the QB. His hands are much better this season. he doesn't use it consistently, but he does have the speed to run around the OLT. He gets stuck with his arms extended staring at the QB too much. 

Alabama: He reminds me a lot of DeMarcus Walker, only he doesn't have his knack for hitting the quarterback. Plays strong and low and uses his hands to grab shirt. He is a good stunter. He uses his hands better on OGs than OTs. He had a nice sack against Alabama. The QB ran over to him, and he punched off the ORT's arms and sacked him. When he gets aggressive he can run past the OLT with just speed and a rip. He has very impressive athleticism.

Clemson: When he just blasts off, he can turn the corner behind the QB very fast. He has found that knack for finding the QB better this year, and it seems to get better as the season wore on. Amazing COD to get outside on screen after rushing up field. As soon as he stops moving he is done. Needs to slap and club OT's hands off his shirt better. 

2017: Started all 12 games, recording 56 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks and three pass breakups…his 12.5 TFL and 5.5 sacks both led the team…named to the pre-season Nagurski Award watch list…made his presence felt in the season opener against No. 1 Alabama, producing five tackles and a sack on 2016 SEC player of the year Jalen Hurts…went on a dominant three-game stretch vs. No. 13 Miami, at Duke and vs. Louisville, totaling 18 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks…turned in a season-best performance against Louisville, totaling nine tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack on the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson…made a tackle for loss and a sack against rival Florida.

Sweat Vs Alabama:

Sweat is not a pure speed guy. He is more of the power/speed guys that the Patriots have been drafting the past few years (Flower and Wise). I think he has a little more speed than those two guys. But watch the power here as he runs over the OLT (:01). Then the agility to bounce up off the ground, like a rabbit, and give chase. 

He has a nice initial pop to push the OG outside (:19). He started inside, shifted a little outside, and then dipped and ripped inside (:29). He moved into the hole and forced the RB to bounce to the other side (:37). He played on both sides, and I thought he got better pressure on the Strongside (:48). He set the edge, sent the QB inside, shed the ORT, and got in on the sack. Did you see the pop in his hands that knocked the ORT back.

He took on three blockers at the point, and still forced the RB to bounce it outside (1:00). He held the inside, and forced the RB outside. Then watch how he worked outside and got in front of the RB again (1:16). Great blast off, with arms extended, to shove the OLT past the QB and open a lane inside to the QB (1:24). He powered inside. Then ran the arc with a rip to flush the QB (1:36). I love how he benched the OLT off. He always seems to be playing at arms length.

He has nice violent hands, and can slap and chop arms off his shirt, just not consistently (2:09). He was held as he chased the QB across the field (2:17). Hot and cold player who seemed to lack instincts sometimes (2:36). He went too far inside, but watch the power, balance and agility to toss the pulling OG to the ground (2:51). Nice hand fighter moving up field (2:59). But he doesn't always show the best bend. He too often was just a tick off.

He almost over pursued there. But play well behind his eyes, and forced the QB to throw the ball away (3:14). He saw it right away, and drove the OLT back into the RB, though the double team by the TE (3:23). Out wider than normal at 9-Tech, where he will be playing in the NFL (3:33). See how they lined him up more inside. He was really playing 5-Tech in an odd front there. Something he did a lot, which is why I have been comparing him to Flowers and Wise.

Back inside at 5-Tech. He held the point nicely, and slowed the RB. He forced him out of the hole, so his teammate could tackle him from behind. Then tossed the ORG to the ground (3:51). Back inside at 5-Tech (3:59). I question his instincts sometimes, but I didn't like how they used him at FLA ST.

Back outside at DE. He burst inside and moved the OLT inside, which opened the outside for the blitzer. Then he used his hands to shed the OLT. I wish he would try to shed sooner (4:15). DE. Nice stunt inside to flush the QB (4:15). He controlled the OLT with his hands by pushing him up, but then doesn't do enough with it (4:31). DE. Great job on the edge. He went to the RB (4:56). He saw he didn't have the ball, and then pressured the QB into a bad throw. 

He got through two blockers to force the QB to stop looking down field and take off (5:06). He did a good job fighting at the point, but Scarborough didn't have the ball (5:15). This was tough inside run defense. He is much more of a power DE, then finesse edgerusher (5:38). In fact, he needs more finesse to be successful in the NFL. That is his primary problem. He might have to add weight and play 5-Tech, and inside rusher.

See how he powered through the ORT and sacked the QB moving to his side. He needs more agility to bend inside. When he can go straight he made the play, but that is not how most plays happen in football. You have to bob and weave, and bend and curl to get to the ball (5:47). But he does have that great initial burst that put the OL at disadvantage (6:15). Watch this blast off that left the ORT in the dust. Against a pocket passer that would have been a Sack. I love how he still chased the QB all the way across the field to get in on the tackle.

He always had that great pop right off the snap (6:40). Edgerusher. He blasted off at full speed, but had to slow to read the play (6:52). It put him a step behind. But he has some terrific heavy hands, when he reads it quick. Watch how quick he shed the ORT when he saw the QB move (he has to learn to do that quicker). Then he chased the QB out of bounds.

Frustrating, but he played his position perfectly against the option (7:02). Here's why I think he could be a 5-Tech. He is a very strong D-end. Watch him hold the double by the ORG and ORT, and make the play on the RB. That was a great play at the point. He played in a two gap system, which slowed him a lot early (7:27). Again, watch the power to pull to the right side of the line inside to the RB (7:35). See how he got the OLT's outside shoulder (7:41). But grabbed him instead of shedding his arms. He seems to need to grab first too much, and then shed. He needs to learn to shed first as much as he grabs first.

He finally shows some excellent bend on 3rd and long. But watch how high he is when he Rips past the OLT (7:53). That incompletion was all Sweat.

Sweat Vs Alabama:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq5fNu4-jQs

Sweat's Official Bio:

2017: Started 12 games, recording 56 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks and three pass breakups…led the team with 5.5 sacks…named to the pre-season Nagurski Award watch list…made his presence felt in the season opener against No. 1 Alabama, producing five tackles and a sack on 2016 SEC player of the year Jalen Hurts…went on a dominant three-game stretch vs. No. 13 Miami, at Duke and vs. Louisville, totaling 18 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks…turned in a season-best performance against Louisville, totaling nine tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack on the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson…made a tackle for loss and a sack against rival Florida.

2017 HONORS: Watch List: Nagurski Award

2016: Made 10 starts and appeared in 12 games, finishing with 41 tackles, 11.5 TFLs, 7.0 sacks, a pass breakup, a forced fumble and six quarterback hurries…his 7.0 sacks ranked third on the team and came in the season’s final eight weeks…the attention he received from opposing offenses helped fellow defensive ends DeMarcus Walker (16.0 sacks) and Brian Burns (9.5) spring free to rack up statistics and capture All-America and freshman All-America honors, respectively…helped the Seminoles finish No. 1 in the nation in sacks per game (3.92) and No. 2 in overall sacks (51.0)…outstanding against the run, helping the Noles rank No. 21 in the nation in rush defense (128.0 rush yards per game)…had three tackles in the season’s first three weeks, but steadily improved throughout the season, culminating by racking up 6.5 TFLs and 3.5 sacks over the final four games…led FSU in tackles at Syracuse with a career-high eight stops and tied for the team lead versus No. 13 Florida (seven stops)…added 1.5 sacks against both the Orange and Gators…also forced a fumble against Florida…finished with five tackles, 1.0 TFL and a half sack in the win over No. 6 Michigan in the Orange Bowl….made three tackles and recorded his first sack of the season at No. 10 Miami…had seven stops versus Wake Forest…tallied three tackles and a sack against No. 3 Clemson and added two stops at NC State…had four tackles versus Boston College.

2015 HONORS: Freshman All-America Honorable Mention (Campus Insider)

2015: A true freshman who came back from a serious injury in high school to contribute from day one for the Seminole defense…played in all 13 games, starting nine…finished with 41 tackles, 5.0 TFL, two sacks, an interception, three pass break-ups, three quarterback hurries and three fumble recoveries en route to Freshman All-America Honorable Mention accolades from CampusInsiders.com…his 41 tackles are tied for 21st on FSU’s all-time list for tackles by a freshman…wrapped up the season tied for the ACC lead and ranked seventh nationally in fumbles recovered…made his collegiate debut in the season opener against Texas State and finished with three tackles…first career start came at Boston College – finished with three tackles including a TFL…recorded a season-high six tackles three times including at Georgia Tech…lone interception on the year came against the Yellow Jackets when he tipped a pass into the air and caught it for his first career INT…also added his first career sack against Georgia Tech…had six tackles at No. 1 Clemson and at Florida…tallied 1.5 tackles for loss in a win over NC State…closed out his freshman season with a career-high two TFLs, including a sack and a pass defended against Houston in the Peach Bowl…was recognized as one of FSU’s Top Newcomers of the Year on defense at the end of the year banquet.

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