Rod Sweeting Scouting Report: NFL Outlook for Georgia Tech CB

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Rod Sweeting Scouting Report: NFL Outlook for Georgia Tech CB
Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Rod Sweeting is one of the most intelligent cornerbacks in this year's draft.

Rod Sweeting isn't the most well-known prospect in the 2013 NFL draft. The former cornerback for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets is coming off his most productive college season this past year.

Did Sweeting show enough to NFL teams to earn him a pick in the later rounds of the draft? Take a look at our scouting report to see what Sweeting's outlook for the NFL is.

 

Strengths

One of Sweeting's biggest strengths is his intelligence. He's a smart player who is rarely out of position and understands the intricacies of playing his position.

Sweeting is surprisingly physical for a player of his stature.

Sweeting also possesses good body control in the open field and solid hands. He's surprisingly physical for a player of his size at only 5'11", 189 pounds.

His 17 passes defended over the past two seasons show he has a knack for making plays in the passing game.

 

Weaknesses

While Sweeting has good height for a cornerback, his weight of 189 pounds is simply too light to keep up with the physicality of the NFL game. The bigger problem, however, is that Sweeting simply doesn't have the frame to add more weight.

There are also questions surrounding Sweeting's straight-line speed. He has difficulty turning and running with receivers and trailing them down the field.

 

Tools

Sweeting doesn't possess the tools in terms of agility and athleticism as the top cornerbacks in this year's draft do. However, he did post a 4.42 40-yard dash at the combine, which was certainly surprising since Sweeting doesn't appear that fast on tape.

 

Intangibles

One of the hardest working players in this class. Sweeting is intelligent and has a tenacity to his games that NFL teams should love.

He's a high-class player who has plenty of starting time and playing time under his belt.

 

System

With his intelligence, Sweeting should be able to contribute in any type of scheme. He has the instincts to play zone coverage, and is physical enough and smart enough to play man coverage.

 

Playing the Ball

Sweeting did record a team-high three interceptions his senior season. He also does a great job at getting his hands on the ball and breaking up passes.

There is, however, room for improvement in terms of Sweeting getting better at turning his head and tracking the football.

 

Against the Run

Sweeting shows great aggressiveness when playing the run.

One of the most surprising parts of Sweeting's overall game is his aggressiveness against the run. He shows great effort and good awareness at deciphering plays and tracking the ball-carrier.

However, Sweeting's lack of bulk could cause him some difficulties in shedding larger blocking receivers and making plays on more physical running backs.

 

Man Coverage

Once again, Sweeting surprises with his willingness and physical play in man coverage. He isn't afraid to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage and has good technique when doing so.

He could trouble playing off of coverage in the NFL due to his struggles to turn and chase receivers. There are also concerns about his small frame being able to be physical enough with NFL receivers.

 

Zone Coverage

Sweeting does a good job at staying in his coverage area when playing zone defense. He will struggle at times to feel receivers around him.

Sweeting will also need to improve his consistency at watching the quarterback's eyes when in zone coverage.

 

Tackling

There is a lot to like about how Sweeting attacks opponents when looking to make a tackle. He does a great job at constantly wrapping up opponents and bringing them to the ground.

Sweeting shows no hesitation when tackling opponents and does a great job of wrapping up the ball-carrier.

Sweeting shows no hesitation when making open-field tackles and is surprisingly successful at shedding blockers to make a play on the ball.

 

Technique

Much like the rest of his game, Sweeting's technique relies quite a bit on his intelligence. He's very calculated in his steps during his backpedal.

He needs to improve his technique when planting his foot and driving on the football, but other than that, Sweeting's technique is solid overall.

 

Future Role/Scheme Versatility

It isn't likely that Sweeting will ever turn into a team's No. 1 cornerback, but he has the intelligence and desire to be a solid contributor in the NFL.

He'll have no difficulty learning NFL schemes and he has the versatility to play in a number of different defensive sets.

 

Round/Team Matches

Philadelphia (7.4)

San Diego (7.15)

Washington (7.22)

Houston (7.27)

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