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Montez Sweat | Defensive End

Team: Mississippi State Bulldogs
Age / DOB:  (22) / 9/4/1996
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 245

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The Draft Network compares Mississippi State redshirt senior DE Montez Sweat to Cleveland Browns DE Emmanuel Ogbah.
Ogbah was a second-round pick by the Browns in 2016, so this is pretty solid praise for the Sweat. Their scouting report notes that Sweat (6'6/241) has excellent length, and he can set the edge well while also showing a quick first step. They list his weakness as his versatility, as he's locked into a defensive end role at the next level. His draft stock will likely be determined by testing, but it seems like that he'll be a top 100 pick this spring. Nov 28 - 4:13 PM

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Mississippi State redshirt senior DE Montez Sweat was named Defensive Player Of The Week for his effort on Saturday against Kansas State.

Sweat was outstanding against the Wildcats, recording two tackles for loss with a sack and holding the Kansas State rushing attack to 113 yards. As Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy notes, Sweat (6'6/241) beats people with his impressive length, and it was impressive to see him beat fellow draft prospect Daulton Risner with it. "Maybe the biggest takeaway from my trip to Starkville three weeks ago was how much Sweat appears to have grown up," Nagy writes. "Coaches said the Michigan State transfer is doing all the right things on and off the field but seeing him work with the younger defensive linemen at practice showed me that he is maturing." Sweat gets a "tweener" rep because of concerns about where he fits, but the versatility gives him a chance to be a relatively high pick come 2019.
Sep 10 - 8:16 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gives Mississippi State redshirt senior DE Montez Sweat a fifth-round grade.

Wow. Sweat (6'6/241) led the SEC in sacks last season, ranked 4th in Pro Football Focus' pass-rush productivity metric, and is considered a potential first-rounder. Pauline questions if Sweat has enough bulk for the next level and writes that Sweat "is constantly handled at the point of attack by a single opponent." If Sweat is as productive as he was as a redshirt junior, he will likely be drafted way higher than Pauline's 5th round grade, even if Sweat is relatively small for a traditional highly drafted NFL DE.
Aug 15 - 7:46 PM

Mississippi State redshirt senior DE Montez Sweat ranked 4th in Pro Football Focus' pass-rush productivity metric.

Sweat led the SEC in sacks last season with 10 and ranked 25th in QB hits and 32nd in QB hurries among returning FBS edge-rushers. He started his career at Michigan State but after transferring to Mississippi State has become a dominant pass-rusher. Another productive season will likely land Sweat in the first round of the 2019 draft.
Jun 15 - 11:49 AM

CBS Sports college football writer Barrett Sallee lists Mississippi State redshirt senior DE Montez Sweat as one of the overlooked players coming into the 2018 season.

As Sallee notes, much of the attention has gone to Sweat's teammate -- fellow defensive lineman Jeffrey Simmons -- but Sweat is no slouch himself, leading the SEC in sacks (10) and tackles behind the line of scrimmage (16). "Sweat might be the player with the most to gain," writes Sallee. "He's been referenced in the back end of the first round of some mock drafts, but don't be surprised if he jumps into a projected top-15 pick by season's end. Why? Simmons is going to demand much of the attention up front."
Source: CBS Sports
May 5 - 2:37 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior DE Montez Sweat will return for his senior season and not enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Sweat's first season with the Bulldogs was an unqualified success; leading the SEC in sacks with 10 and also leading the league in tackles behind the line of scrimmage with 16. The former Michigan State player will have a chance to be one of the best defenders -- again -- in the conference in 2018, and another strong season could see him enter first-round consideration.
Jan 6 - 5:06 PM

Former Michigan State sophomore DE Montez Sweat committed to Mississippi State for the 2017 season and will spend this year at the JUCO level.

Sweat left the Spartans in April after he was suspended in late September and was seemingly never on the same page as the staff. "Potential" and "physical ability" are likely the selling points for the Bulldogs talking themselves into adding Sweat in the future.
Source: 247 Sports
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 09:33:00 AM

Michigan State redshirt sophomore defensive linemen Montez Sweat and Craig Evans have left the team.

Sweat and Evans left due to personal reasons. No other information is available as to the exact nature of their departure. Last season, Evans recorded 21 tackles and a sack while appearing in all 14 of Michigan State's contest. Things went somewhat less smoothly for Sweat in 2015, as he was suspended in late September. HC Mark Dantonio indicated that he remained "in limbo" during spring practice.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Apr 19, 2016 03:10:00 PM