5 prospects at the Combine who worked their way out of being Vikings
By Nik Edlund
Montez Sweat – DE (Mississippi State)
Montez Sweat was a guy the Vikings could’ve considered at pick 18 if they were to let Everson Griffen walk. Right now the team is set at defensive end with Griffen, Danielle Hunter, and Stephen Weatherly. Letting Griffen go to save some cap room would’ve shot this need way up to the point where the Vikings could’ve considered taking a pass rusher with their first-round pick. After the Combine, the Vikings don’t need to worry about Sweat anymore, because he’ll be long gone.
This guy stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 260 pounds. That’s a huge man. This beast of a man ran a 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds. That is almost an unbelievable time. He also finished near the top of every other testing drill in his group. He looked great on the field, showcasing violent hands, great footwork, and an explosive get off. Factor this workout into his production in college where he had 22.5 sacks the last two seasons at Mississippi State and you got a top 10 pick.
There are many teams picking in the top ten and ahead of the Vikings who will be interested in Sweat. He would look really nice in Purple, but if it happens it won’t be until he’s a free-agent in five years.
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