Mississippi State edge rusher Montez Sweat will make a trip to visit the 49ers in Santa Clara prior to next month's NFL draft.
Sweat on Wednesday told Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network that he will visit the 49ers, Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers. He's also likely to add other pre-draft visits to his travel schedule.
Sweat is the fifth known defensive player with whom the 49ers have arranged visits. General manager John Lynch this week confirmed the 49ers have visits set up with Ohio State’s Nick Bosa, Alabama’s Quinnen Williams, Kentucky’s Josh Allen and Michigan’s Rashan Gary. Each team is allowed to bring in 30 out-of-the-area prospects for pre-draft visits.
Sweat is not likely to be among the top options for the 49ers if they remain at the No. 2 overall pick. Bosa is expected to be the front-runner for the 49ers if the Arizona Cardinals select quarterback Kyler Murray at No. 1. Williams and Allen also are legitimate options. But if the 49ers have an opportunity to trade back to acquire more draft picks, Sweat could come into play.
Sweat recorded 22.5 sacks in his two seasons at Mississippi State after transferring from Michigan State. He was on the 49ers-coached team at the Senior Bowl, but newly hired defensive line coach Kris Kocurek did not make the trip to Mobile, Ala.
Sweat (6-foot-6, 260 pounds) had an impressive showing at the NFL Scouting Combine last month in Indianapolis. He led all edge rushers, defensive linemen and linebackers with a time of 4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He also stood out with a leap of 125 inches in the broad jump.