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May 08, 2018

Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: Josh Sweat

Leading up to Eagles rookie camp, we'll be comparing each of the Eagles' rookies to current NFL players. In case you missed the first two Eagles draft pick comps, you can find them below:

TE Dallas Goedert
CB Avonte Maddox

Today we'll find a comp for fourth round DE Josh Sweat. The player I came up with is Minnesota Vikings DE Danielle Hunter

First, a look at their measurables:

Measurables Josh Sweat Danielle Hunter 
 Height6'5 6'5 
 Weight251 252 
 Arm length34 5/8" 34 1/4" 
 Hand size10 1/4" 10 1/2" 
 40 time4.53 4.57 
 Vertical jump39 1/2" 36 1/2" 
 Broad jump124" 130" 
 20 yard shuttle4.28 4.47 

As you can see, Sweat and Hunter had almost identical heights and weights at the NFL Combine, with similar arm lengths and hand sizes. They also have very similar athletic measurables, with a slight edge to Sweat.

In 2015, Hunter dropped to the third round (88th overall), most likely due to a lack of college production. Similarly, Sweat's statistics in college weren't exactly eye-popping. A look at each players' college stats:

 Sweat vs. HunterTackles Sacks FF FR 
 Danielle Hunter, LSU (2012-2014)142 4.5 
 Josh Sweat, FSU (2015-2017)138 14.5 

In the NFL, Hunter blossomed into a productive edge rusher. In just three seasons as a pro, he already has 25.5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. The Vikings were able to take his athletic traits and mold him into a disruptive player.

The biggest difference is that Hunter was medically clean entering the NFL, while Sweat has injury concerns stemming from a devastating high school injury in which he had surgery to repair his ACL, MCL and PCL.

If Sweat is indeed fully recovered, as the Eagles say he is, and he can take the coaching he receives and incorporate it onto the field, he has a high ceiling like Hunter did three years ago.

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