4. (OLB) Montez Sweat, Mississippi State 6-6, 240 (1)
Career Statistics: 105 tackles, 23.5 sacks, 30.5 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble
Why Montez Sweat Is Here On The List: A blowout pass rusher over the last two seasons, the former Michigan State transfer was a beast in the backfield for a special Bulldog D. He came up with 22.5 sacks over the last two years as a consistent disruptive force whose game translates well to the next level.
Okay, so he’s a thin-legged guy who doesn’t quite look right, and he doesn’t have the base to hold up against the power NFL blockers, but he doesn’t stay blocked, he’s ultra-quick, and the upside is enormous.
What The NFL Types Want To See: How smooth is he? The athleticism and pass rushing skills are all there, but can he be quick through the short drills and can he move his hips well to change direction? He’s a top 15 overall talent who might slide with a rocky group of workouts.
Bottom Line: Nah, he doesn’t need as much work or time as it might appear considering his body type. He’s a pass rusher at a high level who turned it on and kept if all going. Give him just a little bit to grow into his body a bit, and then look out.