In this segment we will look at potential draft prospects the Packers could be selecting on Thursday, April 26th- Saturday, April 27th. Green Bay has some glaring weaknesses especially on defense, specifically coming off the edge and rushing the passer. Follow this weekly segment as we breakdown different players at various position needs for the Green Bay Packers.
Montez Sweat, 6-6/252 Defensive End/Outside Linebacker out of Mississippi State. Posted 101 total tackles, 30 tackles for loss, and 22.5 sacks in his 4 year collegiate career, with a huge majority of his production coming in his final 2 years. Lets take a look at some pros and cons of his game.
- Long arms – 35.63 inches
- Natural pass-rush feel
- Quickness off the edge
- Very good in pursuit
- Speed-to-power rusher
- Active hands with excellent pop to throw offensive lineman off
- Great in run defense
- Good play recognition
- Great bend and speed
- High motor with great second effort
- Ability to regain balance quickly after stumbling
- Lacks an arsenal of pass rush moves
- Can get pushed out of his gap
- Slightly stiff hips
- Needs to add more weight and strength
Combine Results: 40 Yard Dash 4.41 seconds. Bench Press 21 reps. Vertical Jump 36.0 inches. Broad Jump 10.4 feet. 3 Cone Drill 7 seconds. 20 Yd Shuttle 4.29 seconds. Sweat was the fastest DL to run the 40 yard dash since 2003, he has elite traits.
In the passing-driven NFL, edge defenders who can get after the quarterback are always in demand. With his length, speed, athleticism, size and strength, Sweat has the potential to be an elite impactful edge defender with double-digit sack potential as a pro, something the Packers could defiantly use.