2. Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
6-6, 260: Everyone knew just how good he was on the field and how fast he looked and played, and then came the NFL combine.
The 260-pounder tore off a 4.41 in the 40, blasted away on a 36″ vertical, and was ultra-quick and smooth around the cone drills. The tools were there, and they match the tap that saw him come up with 22.5 sacks and 30 tackles for loss in his two seasons after transferring from Michigan State.
Even with his decent size, he’s just okay against the run and will get pushed around a bit, but he still has room to grow into a tight 270-pounder who should be able to keep his speed and quickness.
On talent, he’s a top ten overall pick. However, if he slides, it could be because of this …
His ability to come up with a variety of moves and change up his reportoire makes him a nasty moving target. With his long legs – a bit of a negative at times – he closes in just a few unwasted steps.
Give him just a little while to get up to speed, and then look out for the Pro Bowl recognition to come on a regular basis.
Projected Round: Mid-First
Real Value: First