Montez Sweat

Mississippi State

Prospect Info

College
Mississippi State
Hometown
Class
GA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 6"
260 lbs
35 3/4”
Hands
10 1/2”

Prospect Grade

6.34
Should Become Instant Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Washington
Redskins
Round 1 ‧ Pick 26
40 Yard Dash
4.41u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
21
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
36.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
125.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.0
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.29
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Shaquan Montez Sweat was a tight end recruit coming out of Stone Mountain, Ga., when he signed with Michigan State for the 2014 season. He moved to defense and played in two games that year (four tackles, 0.5 sack) but wound up taking a redshirt. Sweat played in two games in 2015, as well, but was suspended for the rest of the season for undisclosed reasons. He left East Lansing in the spring, enrolling at Copiah-Lincoln Junior College, where he was credited with 39 tackles and five sacks in his one season there. MSU came calling and Sweat accepted the Bulldogs' offer. All he did in his first season in Starkville was earn first-team All-SEC honors by leading the conference with 10.5 sacks (tied for eighth in the FBS). In 13 starts his junior year, "Tez" collected 48 total tackles, 15.5 for loss. He repeated his first-team All-SEC feat in 2018, also receiving second-team All-American notice from the Associated Press after compiling 53 tackles, 14 for loss, and a team-high 11.5 sacks.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 1
NFL Comparison
Danielle Hunter
Overview
Some will see Sweat as a leggy edge prospect with average play strength and a lack of refinement in his pass rush. 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.
Strengths
  • Should continue to grow into long frame
  • Surprising power in punch
  • Better upper-body strength than frame might suggest
  • Ability to press and separate from blocker
  • Creates a leverage point with hand strikes
  • Long second stride gobbles up ground in upfield rush
  • Unchecked upfield charge creates momentum to corner the embankment
  • Uses length to his advantage
  • Can flurry hands during rush to discombobulate tackles
  • Long-arms blocker's frame and can pivot from edge to edge
  • Slippery hips to slither around top of half-man engagements
  • Decent inside counter effectiveness
  • Length to corral scramblers inside the pocket bolsters sack totals
Weaknesses
  • Upfield rush approach can become segmented and choppy
  • Needs to play with more fluidity in rush transitions and counters
  • Needs faster, more violent hands
  • Struggles to batter and soften edge with chops and swipes
  • Limited conversion of speed to power at this point
  • Lacks power in lean lower half
  • Leggy mover with labored lateral slides
  • Tall center of gravity hinders change of direction
  • Has issues coming to balance to tackle in open field
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league