Sweed moved into the starting lineup mid way through his freshman season and finished with 23 catches for 263 yards. As a sophomore, he hauled in 36 passes for 545 yards and five touchdowns, showcasing the big play ability that was expected of him when he signed with Texas. As a junior, he put it all together with career highs of 46 receptions, 801 yards and 12 TD’s on his way to All Big 12 1st team honors. His senior season ended prematurely with an injured wrist. He finished the season with 19 catches for 306 yards and three touchdowns.
Sweed is a huge target, that couples his size and strength with impressive athleticism. Sweed’s size makes him the perfect go to receiver because he physically overpowers defenders. He is an excellent intermediate threat, but has shown the ability to get down the field vertically as well. He has deceptive speed and once he gets down the field, his size and body control take over, and he becomes a nightmare matchup. He can go up and get the football as well as anyone in the draft.
While he has solid speed for his size, Sweed lacks the speed to run be defenders and the quickness in and out of breaks to shake defenders. He will not be able to rely on his size and natural athleticism to make plays.
Sweed’s shortened senior season will have no bearing on his draft stock. He has tested well in the post season and kept himself as a first round candidate. No receiver has taken a hold of the top receiver spot and any number of them could be the first one off the board, Sweed included.