2 reasons the Commanders should keep Montez Sweat over Chase Young in 2024

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Commanders cannot be fooled by potential

Many of you may be upset by this thought. But despite going 21 picks later than Chase Young, teammate Montez Sweat is a freak athlete with elite skills of his own.

The 6-foot-6, 262-pound defender blew up his NFL Scouting Combine by running the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds. In comparison, Young's was 4.65 seconds.

The biggest difference between the two prospects was collegiate production. Young garnered a 99 production score from NFL.com's Lance Zierlein versus a score of 88 for Sweat. 

While Sweat had a slower start to his professional journey, he has blossomed into a Pro Bowl talent at the edge position.  While Young can say the same, it's been a concerning trend over the last two seasons that cannot be ignored.

Sweat had 107 out of his 165 career tackles register as a 'stop' according to Pro Football Focus. This stat counts a tackle as one that constitutes a failure for the offense - something else that proves the former Mississippi State star is a formidable edge.

In short, he consistently made big-time tackles when the Washington Commanders needed it. Pro Football Focus recently ranked him as a top-10 edge presence in the league, too.