2019 NFL Draft Prospect Report: Montez Sweat
Name: Montez Sweat
School: Mississippi State
Listed Height: 6’6
Listed Weight: 260
Strengths: Sweat boasts impressive length, athletic ability, and functional power to crash the edge on passing downs and compete at the POA on run downs. He has a great blend of speed and strength that allows him to beat OTs in a multitude of ways. He flashes an explosive first step from a 3 point stance with quality separation quickness up his rush track. He usually runs a clean path and can corner and flatten at the top of his rush while showing that he can tilt through his near shoulder. Sweat shortens edge space swiftly due to his stride length and speed. Sweat is hard to stop when he’s functioning off of a coordinated plan, and his moves consist of: arm over, rip, 2 hand swipe, club, snatch, stab, long arm and a spin. Is versed in using his length in his stab to set up moves and can work a push-pull-rip dangerously from locked out arms. Has heavy hands and is intentional in creating disruptive knockback. He can re-extend his arms and work his hands back inside in order to find a leverage point to get off the block. Transitions an inside hand fit into a rip. Converts speed to power with leg drive and chest control to displace blockers and collapse the pocket. He can bob his head or sprint upfield to sell a vertical rush path, then can come down and work across face to finish an up and under move. As a run defender, he shows that he can remain patient when scanning the mesh and makes it clear that he has solid dissenage timing. He sets the edge with functional length that creates a wide play stopping radius at the POA. He routinely chases down the run while playing backside and comes down the field to help out in run support.
Weaknesses: Sweat has a wiry frame that requires enough bulk to leverage spots better, but not too much that makes him lose some functional speed. He is not overly fluid and can show some hip tightness around tight corners and in coverage. Inconsistencies pop up on tape where he fails to use any moves and can get stonewalled early in the rep due to a lack of knee bend. His flatten timing is inconsistent, as he can run an elongated loop and can angle himself out of range. He has issues bending a holding his ground at the point of attack. Sweat has room to further improve his ankle flexion and shoulder dip. He has a heart issue that was revealed at the combine.
Overview and Insights: Sweat impresses on tape with his pure athletic ability and intense effort. He can be a fit in either a 4-3 or 3-4, but i think he’ll have a better career with his focus solely on rushing the passer in a 4-3. Once developed, Sweat can be force off the edge who can constrict the pocket and get to the QB on passing downs and can fill the POA on run downs. His ceiling is sky high due to his testing numbers at the combine and he has the potential to be a 8+ sack a year player stationed on the edge.
Round Projection: Top 15
Ideal Fits: Buccaneers, Lions, Dolphins, Raiders
Pro Comparison: Jadeveon Clowney
Scout: Taylor Moser