Friday was the first day of on-field drills at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, as the offensive lineman took to the field. Among the 57 offensive linemen that were scheduled to be in attendance was a former Tar Heel who was looking to boost his draft stock in offensive tackle William Sweet. He did just that with a strong showing while competing with the draft’s best.
Sweet measured in on Tuesday, coming in at 6'6" and 313 lbs.. He measured in with an 83 1/8" wingspan, 10 1/8" hands and 34 3/8". Thursday was the day that Sweet met with teams
Sweet started his combine workouts with a solid 23 reps on the bench press on Thursday, the same number of reps as top offensive line prospect Jonah Williams. Sweet wasn’t the fastest lineman to run the 40 on Friday, but ran a 5.35 on his first attempt before bettering that in his second attempt with a 5.27. Sweet participated in all of the other measurement drills, running an 8.01 and 5.00 in the three-cone drill and the twenty-yard shuttle, respectively, and posting a 30.5” vertical jump and a 9’3” broad jump.
Following the athleticism drills, the offensive linemen took to the field for on-field drills and Sweet impressed. Sweet slow fluid feet, moving quickly and easily in the pass protection drills and the mirror drill. Combine that with the fact that he was one of the best pass protectors in the country this past season and has good upside as a younger prospect and there is a high probability that he will be drafted in May’s NFL Draft.
With Anthony Ratliff-Williams being snubbed, Tar Heel fans will have to wait until Sunday to see another former Tar Heel take the field, when defensive end Malik Carney takes the field with the defensive linemen. Carney will be looking to continue his rise up draft boards that begun following his appearance in the East-West Shrine Game. Follow the Heel Tough Blog on Facebook and Twitter and for updates on Carney’s workout on Sunday morning.