Welcome to Seattle J.R. Sweezy…N.C. State defensive tackle | guard?

Seahawks 1st 7th round selection (225 from Raiders in Curry Trade)

Name: J.R. Sweezy
Position: DT
College: NC State
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 298
40 yard dash: 5.01

A sad thing about this pick is that even if the guy is cut before the season he was a much better value pick for the Seattle Seahawks than Aaron Curry was when he was chosen 4th overall.

Perhaps even more sad is the fact that this kid might do more in the NFL than Aaron Curry ever has.

So here it is the 7th round, for the 9th year in a row I have sat by my phone and it still hasn’t rung.

I project myself as a high round draft choice so this late in the draft I figure they must be saving my body for next years draft.

J.R. Sweezy From NC St. 7th Round

J.R. Sweezy is a player who gives a lot of effort while rushing the passer but I question his effort in pursuit at times. When he thinks he’s out of the play he tends to give up on it and that is going to mean he is out of position a lot.

The coaches will need to drive that home if he hopes to make it in the NFL.

Another knock I have on him is he is slow off the snap. The 12th man at Century Link Field could help equalize that if he can see some playing time in Seattle.

Sweezy is sneaky athletic. What I mean by that is when you watch him play he doesn’t look like he is giving much effort, very stiff and has no athleticism but then he does something and you are left thinking “that big guy can move”.

J.R. Sweezy

The Seahawks and Tom Cable are looking to convert him to guard.

Strong & Athletic

He is a strong player who has the ability to push the guard into the backfield on running plays. J.R. lacks some consistency you would like to see but this late in the draft he has the potential you would like to see.

Going to a school like NC State he hasn’t faced much top flight competition (that he would see in the SEC, Big 12, Big 10, and Pac 12, in my opinion) but he also hasn’t had the top notch coaching that he will receive as a member of the Seahawks.

His frame could stand to add some more muscle which would equal even more strength to a relatively strong player already. He could eventually be a rotational type defensive tackle in the NFL if he is given the time and effort to help him develop.

According to Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times the Seahawks are looking to convert him to guard. Tom Cable flew out and had a private workout with him and reported to Pete that this kid was athletic enough.

I’m not about to argue with Tom Cable are you?

What this means for the player? All I can say is he is strong enough to be a road grader and with a bit of nasty in him I can see him bulking up to about 315 and being a project.

Very interesting move in my opinion.

Expert Analysis

He is an effort player, and this is the key to his sideline-to-sideline success. Sweezy is a stiff mover and could have trouble trying to play inside in the NFL. In a 3-4 scheme, he could be more of a gap-filler, which is where he has the most value.

The Seahawks have one pick left

7th round, 232


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