Our New to the Nest series profiling the free agents and rookies added to the Eagles this offseason continues through Training Camp with 4th Round draftee Josh Sweat. Below highlights player bio and contract terms, and makes a healthy projection for the upcoming season.
Bio/Contract: Josh Sweat was drafted by the Eagles with the 130th pick (4th Rd) in the 2018 NFL draft before agreeing to a 4-year rookie deal during OTAs. If not for a major knee injury in high school, he could’ve very well have been a first-round prospect. Before the injury, Sweat was rated as the top high school recruit in his class. He slipped into the fourth round due to longevity concerns but he was medically cleared at the combine.
- (Fun Fact: Sweat is the tallest defensive player on the roster at 6’5″)
Career: Sweat showed promise at Florida State, improving each season and finishing off his junior campaign with 56 tackles, 12.5 for loss, and 5.5 sacks. He also ran an impressive 4.53 40-yard dash at the combine and posted a 39.5-inch vertical jump – both ranked first among defensive ends.
Projection: Originally it looked like Sweat would get to sit back and learn in his first season. However, with the injury to Timmy Jernigan, he could see increased projected playing time in his rookie year. It’s not crazy to think he will carve out a nice rotational role, similar to what Barnett did last season.
- Part six of the series will feature veteran RB Matt Jones who is looking to claim the fourth running back spot.