Initially a DE at NC State, Sweezy switched to DT in 2009 and has been a force for the Wolfpack ever since, and played some LDE in 2011 as well against Georgia Tech's modern day wishbone offense. Missed the first four games of 2011 with a foot fracture. Stats were 26 tackles, 6.5 TFL, and 3 sacks in 2009, 50/11.5/5.5 in 2010, and 20/4/2 in 2011. Sweezy finished his NC State career with a dominant effort against Louisville in the Belk Bowl.
As an NFL Draft prospect, Sweezy is versatile enough for looks at 3-4 DE and even strong side 4-3 DE, but is best suited for a 4-3 DT in a one gap Tampa-2 type scheme where he attacks off the snap and pursues. Sweezy has a huge upper body with large and long features, allowing him to punch with the best.
The lower body isn't as thick and hence there is some difficulty bending, staying bent, and turning. Good quickness off the snap and power allow Sweezy to make plays behind the LOS. Shockingly fast going straight, Sweezy is a sideline to sideline DT who makes a lot of plays in pursuit. While he may never be a great NFL pass rusher, Sweezy offers enough to succeed as a rotational DL in several different schemes, and does extremely well in the spy roll on pass plays.
Strengths: Good athlete, powerful, fast, quick off the snap, relentless, can hurdle blockers to make tackles. Has strong hands and can punch with power. Wrestling background clearly helps hand fighting skills. Can shed and pursue with surprising speed. Makes plays behind the LOS and in pursuit. Steady improvement, best effort was final game.
Weaknesses: Is slightly top heavy due to huge upper body. May have trouble anchoring at the next level. Does not turn or move well laterally. If initial move/punch fails, usually gets high and can't beat the block. Doesn't have a lot of pass rush moves.
NFL Comparison: Tyson Jackson - Kansas City Chiefs."
However, he gets upright into contact for the most part, wasting initial movement uncoiling at the waist and he'll allow defenders to get under his pad level. Will be jolted at the point of attack vs. the run game but does a good job extending his arms into contact.
Is violent/coordinated when trying to shed and uses his length extremely well to fend off blocks through contact in order to disengage. Finds the football well vs. the run game working to get off blocks and has average range in pursuit.
Isn't real sudden/explosive laterally, but is a naturally strong kid who knows how to work his hands in order to separate.
Isn't a real explosive pass rusher either, but plays with better leverage off the ball as a pass rusher, extending his arms well again and can create a jolt as a bull rusher.
Also isn't real explosive when trying to shed, but again works his long arms well, can rip/club his way free and can gracefully fight his way off the block and work his way toward the quarterback.
Is stiffer when trying to break down and doesn't have great fluidity when trying to wrap on the quarterback as he steps up in the pocket, but can create some pressure inside.
Impression: Looks like a five technique at the next level in a 34 front. Isn't ever going to be a difference maker, but is willing to do the dirty work, can set the edge and shed on the outside vs. the run, and with a better job getting off the ball lower should be able to fight for playing time in years 2 or 3."
Is too easily engaged and explosion is just ordinary, as he does not accelerate off blocks (average hand use).
Hardworking vocal leader who would max out as a rotational player."
Very quick off the snap with a non-stop motor; also has good balance and can direction on the fly; lacks the bulk to always stone double-teams, but can spin out of blocks and has good lateral range;
Had 46 tackles in 2010 including 5.5 sacks and 6 other tackles for loss; former state wrestling champion in high school; fractured a foot in pre-season practice and will miss first month of schedule after undergoing surgery."