NFL draft: Florida State’s Josh Sweat goes to the Eagles at No. 130

Former Florida State defensive end Josh Sweat overcame a horrific knee injury in high school to still become a three-and-done college player and, now, an NFL draft pick. [ TIMES FILE ]
Former Florida State defensive end Josh Sweat overcame a horrific knee injury in high school to still become a three-and-done college player and, now, an NFL draft pick. [ TIMES FILE ]
Published April 28 2018
Updated April 28 2018

Former Florida State defensive end Josh Sweat was drafted Saturday by the Eagles in the fourth round (No. 130 overall).

This wasn't what Sweat would have envisioned in 2014, when he was the top recruit in the country and already being talked about as a three-and-done, first-round draft pick.

But it's still an impressive feat, given what happened to him that season. He injured his left knee so severely that doctors feared they might have to amputate his leg. Two years later, he injured that same knee again.

Sweat started 12 games last season, amassing 56 tackles (12 ½ for a loss) and a team-high 5 ½ sacks. FSU raved about the 6-foot-5, 251-pound Virginia native's power and strength.

Sweat was the second former Seminole chosen in a four-pick span after offensive tackle Rick Leonard went to the Saints (No. 127).

Tight end Ryan Izzo was the Patriots' choice in the seventh round (No. 250 overall).

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