Switching things up here with a lesser talked about player, I have Josh Sweat penciled in as someone who could seriously breakout for the Eagles here in 2021. A lot of this depends on the future of Derek Barnett, and if he’s extended or traded at some point this season, but Sweat has repeatedly shown flashes of being an elite-level pass rusher. He recorded 6.0 sacks this past season, despite playing in a rotational role.
If Sweat were to end up in a starting role alongside the likes of Brandon Graham at some point this season, the potential for his production to skyrocket would follow suit. Sweat seeing his sack numbers climb up north of ten could see him garner some serious national recognition by season’s end.
When looking at this year’s Top 100 list, there’s not a whole lot of defensive ends ranked towards the bottom of the list. The lowest ranked pass rushers are Danielle Hunter, JJ Watt, and Cameron Hayward, all of whom fall in the 65-75 range.
Some pretty lofty expectations to set for Sweat during his fourth year in the NFL, but again, so much of it simply has to do with his playing time. If Sweat is able to sneak his way into a starting role this season, ahead of Barnett, then he could end up climbing into that 90-100 range when it’s all said and done.