NFL Draft Results 2012: Seahawks Select G J.R. Sweezy With First Pick in 7th Round

With the 18th pick of the 7th round (225th overall), the Seahawks have selected J.R. Sweezy . Sweezy is a 6'5, 298 pount defensive tackle/defensive end out of N.C. State that will convert to the offensive side of the ball to play guard, according to reports. He's a very good athlete for his size (sub 5 second 40, 36" vert) and has long arms (34") so I imagine the Seahawks see a ton of physical potential in him that they'll look to develop as a nasty zone blocking guard. Tony Pauline of SI.com notes among Sweezy's positives that he's an "intense and competitive defender [now - guard] who keeps coming until the whistle blows. Gets leverage on opponents, quick off the snap and keeps his feet driving up the field. Works his hands throughout the action, fluid changing direction and plays with good pad level."

The Hawks tend to take their late-round picks seriously - former 7th rounders Dexter Davis, Jameson Konz, Malcolm Smith and Lazarius Levingston are still with the team - so while it seems like a throw away selection, I'm very much intrigued with this. Sweezy, much like 7th round pick Dexter Davis two years before him, was a state champion wrestler whose experience in that sport should help with his hand work and leverage while making blocks and sealing defenders and his athleticism should be beneficial as he looks to pull and block downfield. Derek Stephens noted that, in his transition to OG, Sweezy's "stiffness is a problem, but I can see the raw power, length and hand violence transitioning well to guard."

NFL Draft Scout notes that "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."

Sounds like a nice guard prospect and if you're worried about the blurb that his lower body isn't as thick, here's a video of him squatting 500 pounds.

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