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Former Bulldog Montez Sweat takes 40-yard-dash up a notch, sets record at combine

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Mississippi State has been a staple for talent at defensive linemen and Sweat showed why in Indianapolis.

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It is not often that a defensive lineman can set a record in the 40-yard-dash, as Sweat’s time of 4.41 is borderline unreal. Sweat shined in his senior season for the maroon and white, having accumulated 50 total tackles, 8.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Known for his quick first step, Sweat’s combine outing speaks for itself.

In today’s NFL, quickness is required for linemen. Furthermore, quickness combined with the ability to get off blocks is rare, as they are both part of Sweat’s game. Look for his draft stock to elevate significantly, as many NFL general managers are looking for a lineman who possesses speed and agility.

Sweat stands at 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds. In addition to his frame combined with the traits mentioned above, Sweat has a nose for the ball and can read the eyes of the quarterback. Expect Sweat to be taken off the board as a top-15 pick.