Scouting Report: Josh Sweat, DE, Florida State

Chesapeake, VA | 6046 | 240 | 4.65E | 2019

A violent tackler who plays wide and fast off the edge. His active hands and long arms enable him to get his fair share of tipped balls at the line of scrimmage. He’s also been known to come up with a clutch fumble recovery when needed. Extremely long legs may leave him susceptible to knee/leg injuries. He dislocated his left knee and tore his ACL during his senior season of high school; he rebounded to play 13 games as a true freshman for the Seminoles, including nine starts. He had surgery to trim his meniscus in that same knee during September of 2016 and was recovering from finger surgery during the Spring of 2017. Surprisingly, some of the smaller backs have had success in pass protection blocking him due to their size, they’re able to get underneath his pads and jam him up or knock him off course just enough to get the play off. He played tentative early on in his career but has since learned to play more natural and has stopped thinking too much. Has worked on becoming more of a leader and that needs to begin by going all out on every play after earning a bit of a reputation of taking plays off on occasion.


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.

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…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.

High School/Personal: Consensus five-star defensive end, ranked No. 1 in the nation at his position by 247Sports and Scout in the 2015 recruiting class…tabbed the country’s fifth-best overall player by Scout, sixth-best by 247Sports, No. 11 by ESPN and No. 34 by Rivals…unanimous No. 1 prospect in Virginia…rated the second-best defensive end in the nation by Rivals and No. 3 by ESPN…only played in two games as a senior before a season-ending injury…had 94 tackles, 31 tackles for loss and 22 sacks as a junior at Oscar Smith in 2013…was named to the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game, but did not play…picked Florida State over Virginia Tech, Georgia, Oregon and Ohio State…born March 29, 1997…majoring in social science.