Montez Sweat was a Senior Bowl participant, but wasn’t coached by the Raiders. The Mississippi State edge rusher worked with the 49ers’ South squad but met with Silver and Black brass at the end of the practice week during a team swap.
That won’t be the only time Sweat talks to the Raiders. There’s another meeting with them coming up, Sweat told NFL Network at Mississippi State’s pro day.
The Raiders were among several teams on Sweat’s docket, including the Bills, Packers, and 49ers. He also said the Panthers, Eagles, and Dolphins met with him before pro day work.
Sweat is a dynamic athlete with great test speed and agility flashed during combine work. He had steady production as well, with 23 sacks and 30 tackles for a loss in two seasons at Mississippi State. He stands 6-foot-6, 245 pounds and has a massive 88.5-inch wingspan that scouts prefer.
Sweat is meeting with teams up and down the first round, a smart move because he’s a wild card. He could go in the top 10, or push farther down into the middle round.
Sweat might not be considered worthy of the Raiders’ No. 4 overall pick, especially if Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams or Josh Allen remain on the board. He won’t be available when the Raiders pick again at Nos. 24 or 27.
He would be a quality candidate should the Raiders trade back a smidge from No. 4 or trade up from the 20s.
“I’m the best pass rusher, the best run stopper at my position in this draft,” Sweat said. “I’m going to give my all every play. I feel I can be a great addition to any ball club.”
Sweat also said a pre-existing heart condition made public recently is of no concern, and won’t hold him back as a pro.