2019 #26 Washington Redskins – Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
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OUTLOOK: Sweat took a circuitous route to the NFL but the finish line appears likely to be the first round of the 2019 draft. A highly touted prep tight end out of the state of Georgia, Sweat surprised some recruiting experts when Michigan State lured him out of SEC territory. He flashed while there, recording four tackles - including half a sack - in his college debut (against Jacksonville State) but quickly got himself into head coach Mark Dantonio's doghouse and saw limited little action the rest of his freshman season and into the next year before transferring first to Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi (where he posted 39 tackles, including six for loss and five sacks) and then to the Bulldogs. Sweat proved in 2018 that his breakout junior campaign was no fluke, again earning First Team All-SEC honors by setting personal bests in tackles (53) and sacks (12) with 14.5 tackles for loss - just one less than what he'd posted as a junior. Despite being widely regarded as a first round pick, Sweat showed his competitiveness by accepting an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl, where his intoxicating blend of speed, length and power made him arguably the top prospect there. Sweat does come with enough red flags to warrant sniffing him out but if he commits himself to his craft, he could develop into one of the league's most feared edge rushers.