How Montez Sweat’s team molded a ‘freak’ into an elite prospect

Montez Sweat set a record at the NFL scouting combine for the fastest 40-yard dash by a defensive lineman: 4.41 seconds. At 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds. The scouting world took notice.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper had the former Mississippi State defensive end at No. 25 in his mock draft 1.0 in late January. Sweat has risen to No. 8 in Kiper’s latest mock.

After a 12-sack season in 2018 in which he also had 14.5 tackles for loss, Sweat had already established himself as an edge defender prospect. But Sweat’s natural competitiveness pushed him to reach for more as he prepared for April’s NFL draft.

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