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Tommy Sweeney: Fantasy Football UDFA Upside

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Tommy Sweeney (6’5”, 260), Tight End, Boston College

20.6 Aggregate Score (4 Star Prospect)

Welcome to the 48 Report, a full working database including 48 of our favorite 2019 Draft Prospects. The key, however, is that we focus specifically on their ability to translate as fantasy football players. All players in the database have been/will be scored by 3 writers, and this is their article; explaining their aggregate score, as well as the score of their writer.

All categories are scored on a 1-5 scale; with 5 being the highest score a prospect can receive. The highest aggregate average scores a player can receive is 25. Articles will be posted January-April, all the way up to the draft. Ratings will be adjusted after the combine, based on measurables and after the draft, because as we all know: landing spot matters.

Tommy Sweeney was originally a 2 star tight end out of Don Bosco Prep  who committed to Boston College (his only D1 offer) in 2013. It’s pretty cool to see stories like his make it to the NFL. Who cares if you were a 5 star or a 1 star, he worked his tail off at the only place that gave him a chance and now here we are, writing about him as an NFL draft prospect. I have him ranked as my 11th TE out of 21 so far (it could change) and I really like his most important trait, his blocking. 

College Production

Like many of the tight ends we review in this report, he didn’t have a whole lot of production catch wise. From what we do have, his senior year was actually a down year for him but not his worst with 32 receptions for 348 yards (10.9 avg – career worst) and 3 TDs. His junior year was his best collecting 36 receptions for 512 yards (14.2 avg) and 4 TDs. Through further inspection, his QB play was really the suspect of all suspect and just not great. They were a run first team by a large margin behind 2020 draft darling AJ Dillon. Tommy Sweeney lead the team in receptions in his junior year and was 2nd in receptions in 2018. So it’s not like the opportunity wasn’t there, he just had a few more bigger games in 2017 than in 2018. 

Speed/Acceleration: Aggregate Score 3 (Personal Score 3)

We all agree that he’s just an average speed TE and that’s OK. Uber athleticism isn’t a need for TE success, its just a plus. What we must remember is that a TE is an offensive lineman-wide receiver hybrid which is why most if not all weigh 245+.

Route Running: Aggregate Score 2 (Personal Score 2)

As stated concerning his production, this team was really run heavy, so there wasn’t much room for showcasing this ability. What we took from the tape is that he was less than average for a TE but not the worst which means he has room to grow in this area. He ran a lot of slant and out routes to which he looked decent. The capability is there, don’t count him out. 

Blocking: Aggregate Score 5 (Personal Score 5)

This is his best quality and also ties him for the best rated blocker in our system along with TJ Hockenson. He had his issues as does any prospect but most importantly, he did very well in his NFL test against Clemson, the cream of the crop in this draft class in terms of defensive line prospects. He engaged his assignments until the whistle was blown similar to Hockenson (sans the aggressiveness Hock shows). 

Handwork/Positioning: Aggregate Score 2.5 (Personal Score 3)

Another one of those traits that aren’t exactly pertinent to TE success when you’re a traditional TE like Sweeney. Where he’s going to have success is in space finding somewhere to sit in a zone coming off the line. I can’t imagine he’ll be lined up all over like a Sternberger or Fant. The group scored him as below average and I see him as basically average in this metric, room to grow. 

Athleticism: Aggregate Score 3 (Personal Score 3)

His scores match his speed/acceleration scores, just average, but again I this won’t matter too much because he’ll be on the line a lot more than the other TEs in this class. He won’t make his hay off of his athleticism. 

Conclusion: Off Waivers

Landing spot won’t matter for him concerning fantasy value. He’ll take time to develop and he’ll be forgotten about. If your league has a deep taxi squad, then sure, pick him up. I think he’ll be middle of the ground in this class and will be usable from time to time as he grows, don’t forget the name though. He can definitely handle himself against NFL prospects blocking which is THE most important skill for a TE to have to get them on the field. 

 

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