A look at Sweat's strengths and weaknesses
Now that Montez Sweat has been drafted by the Washington Redskins at the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tenn., here's a look at what fans need to know about the 6'6", 260-pound Mississippi State defensive end.
Sweat has a prototype build for an edge rusher, and he also brings explosive athleticism and a very good motor. He explodes off the snap and has the ability to immediately rip away a blocker’s hands. His speed allows him to counter back inside despite a rudimentary pass-rush repertoire at this point in his career. He closes fast when the quarterback is in his sights. He’s relentless and will get his share of second-effort sacks.
Sweat is a little stiff as a mover. He too often gets pushed beyond the pocket. He also has to add some more refined moves. He could be a liability against the run early on, as he typically plays too high and gives up ground to tight ends at times when setting the edge. Teams will look closely at his time at Michigan State, where he was suspended for the bulk of the 2015 season for violating team rules before transferring.
Sweat’s explosiveness, effort and production suggest he’s at least a complementary pass rusher. Whether he’s a No. 1 edge rusher will depend on refining his menu of pass-rush moves.