NBC Sports Washington wants Redskins fans to help decide the team's ideal 2019 first-round pick by voting in the Redskins Draft Bracket on Twitter. Before you vote, though, take in this breakdown of the next matchup.
Montez Sweat and N'Keal Harry both produced a ton at their respective schools and, because of that production, are enticing prospects for NFL teams.
Their skillsets and the reasons they were productive, though, are quite different. That also means the biggest question facing them as they transition to Sundays is quite different, too.
At Mississippi State, Sweat terrorized opposing QBs in both 2017 and 2018, racking up sacks and tackles for loss. He did so thanks to his body type and a surplus of athleticism and burst.
"I see a talent, similar to Danielle Hunter out of LSU, with above-average length and a prospect who should continue to grow into his frame, allowing him to unleash his rush flashes into a consistent attack," Lance Zierlein writes in his evaluation of the edge rusher.
If you didn't hear about Sweat during his college career, you almost certainly know him now thanks to his NFL Combine performance, where he ran the 40-yard dash in a truly absurd 4.41 seconds and checked in with a wild wingspan. He's rising up boards as much as anyone right now thanks to his effort in Indy.
When it comes to most of his physical tools, you can't ask for much more out of a defender. According to Zierlein, however, he could stand to clean things up technically.
"Some will see Sweat as a leggy edge prospect with average play strength and a lack of refinement in his pass rush. ... His transition as an NFL rusher will take some time."
Harry, on the other hand, is almost the opposite. The receiver from Arizona State isn't a freak at all compared to his peers, but when it comes to winning with details and technique, he's fantastic.
"Back-shoulder boss who thrives with contested catch opportunities outside the numbers but lacks explosive traits," says Zierlein. "Harry's ability to body-up opponents and win with ball skills is undeniable, but his inability to find a threatening top gear or shake loose from tight man coverage must be accounted for within his new employer's scheme."
While Sweat's 40-time was in the 99th percentile for his position, for example, Harry's was only in the 45th. But Harry is strong and was about as reliable on the outside as you can be for the Sun Devils the past two years.
If these two make it to Washington at No. 15, it'll be a very intriguing choice. Both play positions of extreme need and both have a track record of success.
The debate for them, of course, is: Do you take the rare, rare athlete and hope he can become more polished, or take the polished player and hope he can get by without top speed?
You've heard the case for both players. Now, retweet or like depending on whom you'd prefer to see move on in the bracket.
16 potential picks. A month of madness. You make the call.— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) March 25, 2019
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