Montez Sweat runs 4.41 in the 40-yard dash

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This just in: Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat is fast. Really fast. Really, really fast.

Sweat ran an official time of 4.41 in the 40-yard dash on Sunday morning. It’s the fastest time ever recorded for a defensive linemen at the Combine.

The previous combine record for a player at his position was a 4.43 ran by Emmanuel Lawson in 2006.

The time will boost Sweat’s stock even more on top of a solid Senior Bowl. To put his time in perspective, Sweat’s 4.41 would tie him for eighth among receivers who ran at the Combine and second among running backs who ran.

Sweat measured 6 foot 6 and weighed 260 pounds. He did 21 reps in the 225-pound bench press.

Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary ran an official time of 4.58, and Ohio State defensive lineman had a 4.79.

Sweat wasn’t the only defensive lineman to set a Combine record at the position. TCU’s Ben Banogu broke the Combine broad jump record for defensive lineman with a jump of 11 feet, 2 inches.

17 responses to “Montez Sweat runs 4.41 in the 40-yard dash

  1. Well, to be fair, Sweat will most likely be a OLB/Edge in the NFL and not a DE/DL.

    The time is still great though even for a LB. Just not quite as fast as Griffin’s 4.38.

  2. They should have podium medal ceremonies after the event, and play the rally song of their given school for the anthem.

  3. freefromwhatyouare says:

    March 3, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    The time is still great though even for a LB. Just not quite as fast as Griffin’s 4.38.

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    I would easily say that Sweat 40 is more impressive than Griffin was last year. Sweat ran a 4.41 at 260 pounds while Griffin ran a 4.38 at 227 pounds, that’s a .3 seconds difference in the 40 while Sweat weighed 33 pounds more.

  4. W O W !

    Manny Lawson has a good but not great NFL career. So speed isn’t everything. But it’s still impressive.

  5. “He will play DE in the NFL”

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    In a 3-4 defense he will be a OLB. Your edge rushers are the OLB’s in a 3-4.

    In a 4-3 defense the DE’s are your edge rushers.

    Sweat is best suited for and will most likely get drafted into 3-4 defense as a OLB.

  6. freefromwhatyouare says:
    March 3, 2019 at 12:38 pm
    Well, to be fair, Sweat will most likely be a OLB/Edge in the NFL and not a DE/DL.

    The time is still great though even for a LB. Just not quite as fast as Griffin’s 4.38.
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    At 6’6 260 lbs that’s a conventional DE pass rusher measurement. Griffin was no where Sweat’s size weighting 225lbs he is much closer to a big DB strong safety than he is to a linebacker and seeing as his twin brother is a 190lb cornerback it’s much likely Griffin bulked up to play linebacker and has reached his peak weight.

  7. Impressive but so what. That does not directly translate to the field. I am not saying Sweat will be a bust like Emmanuel Lawson but its no guarantee he will be good.

  8. And Emmanuel Lawson used all his speed to rack up an amazing 23.5 sacks in his ENTIRE career.
    Speed isn’t everything folks.
    Look at all the sub-4.3 WRs and CBs that washed out of the NFL because they couldn’t catch or cover….but they were fast.

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