Limas Sweed Scouting Report
|Height & Weight:||6'5 - 219 lbs.|
2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Limas Sweed, WR, Texas
Sweed entered 2007 season near the top of the list of a loaded potential draft class, with his size and great jump-ball ability making him an attractive prospect. However, Sweed injured his wrist in the summer and that injury would come to end his collegiate career only six games into the season. He rounded out his shortened 2007 season with 19 catches for 306 yards and three touchdowns and his career as a Longhorn with 124 catches, 1,915 yards, and 20 touchdowns - which all rank high on Texas' career statistical charts. Because of the injury and the number of other talented wide receivers likely in the draft pool, Sweed may not be a lock for the first round. But, if he recovers as scheduled, he could be able to participate in the combine, where a strong performance could make his status more certain. However, even if he is fully recovered, his speed could be a question mark. While he isn't as fast as DeSean Jackson or Mario Manningham or as slow as Maurice Clarett, he needs to have enough speed to not only matchup with (but beat) quick corners and safeties in the NFL and not just have to rely on his size and athleticism. But, with several teams looking to add a reliable receiver early on, Sweed should still be taken early (even if it's not as high as once projected). That size and ability could trump any concerns about his speed. While he may not be that burner some would love him to be, he has the talent to follow in former Longhorn and current Lions' star Roy Williams' footsteps and at worst, be an excellent possession and red zone receiver (which would keep him in the league for a long, long time). Update (1/30/08): Sweed went against doctors' advice and went to Senior Bowl practice last week, after having his cast taken off only a week prior to practice. He went not having full range of motion and wearing a brace, but it didn't prove to be a hindrance as he got off to an impressive start. But, he aggravated the injury and had to go home early. Now, Sweed isn't expected to take part in February's combine and may well have done himself more harm than good by trying to return too soon. He still could very well be taken in the first couple of rounds, but this latest development could send his stock down at a bad time. That could, however, end up being a great thing for the team who drafts him, if he ends up falling farther than expected. Update (2/28/08): Sweed did, in fact, participate in the combine drills last weekend, though it was on a limited basis. But, even that minimal participation might have been enough to elevate himself back into the first round, as he ran an excellent 4.46 40. Texas' Pro Day is on March 19, and by that time, Sweed should likely be able to catch (which he didn't do at the combine). Update (4/21/08): At Texas' Pro Day on March 19, Sweed ran 40 times of 4.5 and 4.51, had a vertical of 37 1/2 inches, a broad jump of 10 feet, 8 inches, and had times of 4.33 seconds and 7.14 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle and 3-cone drill. He should be taken in the mid-to-late part of the first round.
Last Updated Apr-21-2008 by Eddie Griffin
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