NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Montez Sweat, a standout defensive end who played one season for Co-Lin in 2016, was selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tenn. last night. The Washington Redskins traded their 46th pick of this year's draft and a second-round 2020 pick with the Indianapolis Colts to grab Sweat at 26th overall.
Sweat, a Stone Mountain, Ga. native, was electric for the Wolves in 2016 as he racked up 39 tackles and five sacks in the nine-game season. The 6 foot 6 edge rusher had many breakout plays and games including a one-handed deflection and interception that led to a touchdown in a thrilling come-from-behind victory over East Central and a three-sack performance in a 31-17 win over Pearl River to close out his career with the Wolves.
After Co-Lin he joined the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Starkville where became one of the most prolific defensive ends in the nation. While at MSU he posted 22.5 sacks and earned two First-Team All-SEC selections and Second-Team All-American honors. At the NFL Combine Sweat wowed scouts with the fastest 40-yard dash time ever posted by a defensive end at 4.41 seconds.
Sweat joins Nick Fairley (first round, 13th pick, 2011) as the only Co-Lin players taken in the first round of the draft and will be the 16th player from Co-Lin to play on an NFL roster or practice squad. He will be the third former Wolf to suit up for the Redskins behind Randy Thomas and Super Bowl XXVI champion Stephen Hobbs.
Story By: Lucas Calvert
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