- AProjectionRound 1-2
- Hand10 ½
- Arm35 ¾
Strong Points: Speed and edge pass-rush skills. Gets off the ball quickly and can bend to get under his opponent when turning the corner. Long arms and strong hand use. Good outside/in move, as well as speed rush. Consistent tackler. Will chase in pursuit. Rare combine workout.
Weak Points: Tall, narrow frame and not much growth potential. Lacks ideal bulk and strength for the position. Gets tied to run blocks and will give ground at times. Limited reps dropping into coverage. Sweat reportedly was flagged at the combine with what's considered a minor heart condition.
The Way We See It: Sweat originally enrolled at Michigan State in 2014, playing two games as a freshman before leaving the school in the spring of 2015. He then enrolled at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi before eventually landing at Mississippi State, where he was a two-year starter. Sweat is a natural pass rusher who still needs to add bulk and strength. With his tall, narrow frame, he can have a difficult time holding up vs. the run. He reminds me some of the Bears' Leonard Floyd (No. 9 overall pick in 2016) when he was at Georgia but not quite as talented. Sweat is best suited to play in a 3-4, where he will be a designated pass rusher early on. Teams will vet the heart condition, and if he checks out, Sweat will go early.
Arthur Arkush: Aptly named because his blend of blistering speed, imposing length and unrelenting effort makes quarterbacks sweat, Montez appears to have the requisite traits to become a big-time NFL sack artist. But he's also sturdier than you might think vs. the run, where he often uses his nearly 36" arms to ward blockers off and 4.41 speed to chase from the backside. How those unique traits would translate to a 3-4 outside backer role remains to be seen -- but we think Sweat absolutely has NFL scheme flexibility. As for flexibility to flatten the edge, we don't really see that on Sweat's tape ... yet. His 7-second three-cone time at 260 pounds suggests he has the ability but needs more refinement in that area. For now, Sweat mostly wins as a rusher with speed, but also set tackles up with an inside-out move and was effective on T-E stunts with fellow first-round prospect Jeffery Simmons. With size and speed that can't be taught, he should be the third EDGE off the board behind Bosa and Allen.
Best Fit: Lions, Raiders, Falcons, Jaguars, Giants
Red Flags: Reportedly flagged at combine for minor heart condition that didn't require him to return to Indianapolis for rechecks.
NFL Comp: Danielle Hunter