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Why the New York Jets should draft Montez Sweat

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Following his record setting day at the combine, Sweat has elevated himself into a possible top-5 pick, as the New York Jets are in need an edge rusher.

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One could call a pass rusher an essential component of today’s NFL game, as Sweat has emerged into one of the best in this year’s draft. The edge rusher, a position that has evolved over time, has become one that must exhibit versatility. With that, Sweat’s wide array of skills that include strength, speed, and agility, along with the ability to drop into coverage and read the eyes of the quarterback separate him from his contemporaries. The Jets will have the third selection and are projected to take a pass rusher, as Sweat’s multitude of weapons should fill the void.

Sweat, who stands at 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, boasts a quick first step and can get off blocks. Comparable to current Denver Bronco Von Miller, Sweat can set the edge. A lot of backs pride themselves on speed, running from east to west, ultimately blazing past linemen. However, Sweat’s nose for the ball combined with his speed will give offensive coordinators headaches.

The Jets, who just signed arguably the NFL’s best running back in Le’Veon Bell, a lethal weapon for second year quarterback Sam Darnold, can now focus on taking their defense a level higher. Sweat is capable of leading and becoming a franchise’s primary face. Furthermore, his personality is perfect for the city of New York. New York demands the best and Sweat can bring it.

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In his two seasons at Mississippi State, a staple for defensive talent, especially along the line, Sweat posted a total of 98 tackles along with 19 sacks. While the Jets finished seventh against the run last year, Sweat can potentially put them over the top. That, in conjunction with his personality, Sweat is the modern-day edge rusher scouts and general managers are looking for.

If the Jets do select Sweat at third, “Gang Green” will be getting a special talent. Having said that, it is Sweat’s 40-yard dash that is most memorable. From a first rounder to potential top-5 pick, it is clear that Sweat’s work ethic is second to none.

Expect big things from Sweat at the pro level, as the Jets should select him without hesitation.

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