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Meet the Prospect: Montez Sweat

Name: Montez Sweat

Position: Edge rusher

School: Mississippi State

Ht/Wt: 6-6, 260

40-yard dash: 4.41 seconds

Bench: 21 reps

Vertical: 36.0 inches

Broad: 125 inches

3-cone: 7.0 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.29 seconds

View photos of NFL prospect Montez Sweat.

How he fits: Sweat is a tall, long and athletic edge defender. He’s just about everything from and athletic standpoint a team would want in an edge defender. He dominated the Senior Bowl with a terrific combination of speed off the edge and power to bull rush. He’s also shown that he’s athletic enough to drop and play in space. The Lions have a strong defensive line, especially after the addition of Trey Flowers in free agency, but teams can never have too many good pass rushers. Imagine a third down rushing package of Sweat, Flowers, Da’Shawn Hand and Romeo Okwara.

Key observations: The athleticism matches the production with Sweat. He recorded 29.5 tackles for loss and 22.0 sacks the last two seasons in the SEC. He also played in both a 3-4 and 4-3 at Mississippi State, which makes him a nice player to deploy in a multiple defense.

What they had to say about him: “I see a talent, similar to Danielle Hunter out of LSU, with above-average length and a prospect who should continue to grow into his frame, allowing him to unleash his rush flashes into a consistent attack. His transition as an NFL rusher will take some time, but like Hunter, he should come out on the other side as a good, impact starter as an every-down edge defender.” – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

How he stacks up: Sweat is listed as the 10th overall prospect in NFL.com draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah’s latest list of the top 50 prospects available in the draft.

He also checks in at No. 10 on Scout Inc.’s list of the top prospects available in this draft.

CBSSports.com lists Sweat as the fourth best edge rusher available in this draft behind Nick Bosa, Josh Allen and Clelin Ferrell.

What he had to say: “I watch a lot of pass rushers,” Sweat said at the Combine. “I think old-time pass rushers ... like Jason Taylor has a lot of my skill set. He’s long, he’s fast. I watch him a lot.”

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