NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Quarterbacks rise post-combine, Redskins land pass catcher
Montez Sweat was an absolute beast at the combine. He blazed a 4.41-second 40-yard dash, ran a 7-flat in the 3-cone drills, and looked pretty good in the on-field drills. His stock has caught fire, and there’s a chance that he could rise into the top-10. But with the rising quarterbacks, he ends up in the Packers’ laps here.
Sweat could be considered a steal. In two years at Mississippi State, he logged 22.5 sacks and was a good all-around player. He defends the run just as well as the pass and as a rush linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, he will find instant success in the NFL.
On tape, Sweat demonstrates very good athletic ability and speed off the edge. He knows exactly how to win at the point of attack and shows excellent effort against the run. He tracks the ball well, shows good instincts, and is consistently involved in the play.
The one concern with Sweat was his ability to move in space. He can be a bit stiff at times, but he has more than enough athletic ability to succeed at the NFL level. And he put those abilities on display at the combine, so I don’t think that concern will end up being a major issue.
The Packers have long needed help at the edge rush position. Clay Matthews has regressed over the course of the years and is merely a rotational player at best now. Kyler Fackrell had a nice year last year, but he’s not a lead rusher. Sweat would be just that.