NAME: Tommy Sweeney
SCHOOL: Boston College
POSITION: Tight End
CLASS: RS Senior
JERSEY: No. 89
RECRUITMENT RATING: 2-star
WT: 255 lbs
Routes – Lacks the dynamic movement skills in terms of burst, speed and fluidity to win as a route runner with physical traits. That said, Sweeney is a technician that does well to lean and attack leverage in his routes while being physical at the top of his stem to create separation. Knows how to find space against zone coverage and sit. Savvy to alter his speeds and work his release to arrive to his landmarks on schedule.
Hands – Showcases soft, natural and reliable hands. Greets the football with proper technique and hauls it in cleanly. Capable of extending in any direction and plucking it. Does well to hang on through traffic. Catching the football looks easy for him.
Ball Skills – Hasn’t be tested or asked to regularly “go get it” but he positions himself well at the catch point and has great hands. Effectively uses his massive frame to make it difficult for defenders to play through him and have a chance to compete at the catch point. Tracks and finds the ball cleanly.
YAC Ability – Secures the football and quickly looks to compete after the catch. Has success on account of physicality and decisive running but lacks the juice to be a true factor. Doesn’t have the elusive traits or burst needed to truly create for himself.
Play Speed – Doesn’t have the juice be truly be a vertical threat or regularly separate from man coverage. Cushion disappears slowly in his release. Modest athletic ability tempers his upside to be a dynamic receiving option.
Play Strength – Showcases good physicality and power as a route runner. Doesn’t dominate as a blocker as expected for his size but holds his own, even when working against defensive ends. Has enough play strength to present a challenge for tacklers post-catch. Isn’t easily jammed or bumped when running routes.
In-line Blocking – Has the frame and strength needed to exchange power in the trenches but is still more of a technician than a guy with overwhelming strength. Committed to working his hips around and positioning his frame to seal lanes. Would create more movement if he played with more consistently leveraged hips and developed more strength in his lower half that would allow him to accelerate his feet and move bodies. Does well to fit his hands.
Space Blocking – Has experience lining up all across the formation and being tasked with hitting blocks in space. Has some struggles framing moving targets in space and his body control is only average. When he is able to square up, Sweeney sustains blocks and stuns pursuit.
Versatility – A throwback player that is capable of winning in-line as both a receiver and blocker but won’t be prioritized to be flexed to create mismatches. Hands and size give him the traits to contribute as a receiver while his strength and technique make him a capable blocker.
BEST TRAIT – Hands
WORST TRAIT – Athleticism
RED FLAGS – None
On a BC Eagles offense that isn’t afraid to regularly put three tight ends on the field, Sweeney was a standout. While he lacks the juice to be a truly dynamic receiving tight end, his hands are extremely natural and he’s a technician as a route runner. While Sweeney, doesn’t overwhelm opponents as a blocker, he has the play strength and technique needed to exchanges power in the trenches and contribute in that capacity. Sweeney doesn’t project as a featured tight end in the NFL but his balanced skill set should lead to a career providing valuable depth and opportunities to work in multi-tight end sets.