Florida State edge-rusher Josh Sweat was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the No. 130 overall pick in the fourth round on Saturday, and social media soon followed with reactions and analysis of the selection:
So, what is Philadelphia getting in Sweat?
"Sweat has the length, frame and athletic qualities to fit right in as a 3-4 SAM or rush linebacker, but he needs to go to school with a position coach or a talented veteran to help unlock his pass rush potential. Sweat's initial quickness and issues with contact balance could hinder his ability to play with his hand down. He has the ability to become a decent NFL starter, but there is a wide disparity between his ceiling and floor thanks to concerns surrounding the current and future health of his knee."
The injury in question was a dislocated knee Sweat suffered during high school. He also tore his meniscus in his sophomore season at Florida State, though he managed to appear in 12 games and make 10 starts nonetheless.
In three years at Florida State, the 21-year-old accumulated 138 tackles (29 for loss), 14.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries, serving as a starter for the majority of his time in Tallahassee.
Without question, Sweat has the athletic upside and length to be an impact rusher off the edge in the NFL. But will his technique advance as well? Will he add strength? Can he compensate for what appears on film at times to be a lack of burst?
And, of course, can he stay healthy?
Those are the key questions surrounding Sweat. If he provides the answers, he could be the steal of this draft.
The Eagles are the perfect destination for a player like Sweat, who has a lot to prove because of his knee injuries, to develop.
There is already a tremendous foundation in place on Philadelphia's defensive line. Derek Barnett, Michael Bennett, Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, Timmy Jernigan and Chris Long form one the most formidable groups in the NFL.
Sweat doesn't have any pressure to step in right away and perform, so he can take his time to show the Eagles' coaching staff he can stay healthy and be a pass-rushing force.