Mississippi State's Montez Sweat sets DL record for fastest 40 at NFL combine

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Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat has some serious straight-line speed.

Sweat set an NFL scouting combine record on Sunday morning when he posted a 4.41-second 40-yard dash. That’s the fastest 40 ever run by a defensive lineman at the combine. He measured in at just under 6-foot-6 and at 260 pounds and that 40 time would have ranked him in the top three of running backs and the top 10 of wide receivers.


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The previous combine record for a defensive lineman was held by Emmanuel Lawson. He ran a 4.43 in 2006. Sweat unofficially was clocked at 4.42 seconds in his first 40 attempt and it was adjusted by a hundredth of a second when the time was made official.

Sweat is projected as a likely early pick in the 2019 NFL draft thanks to his college production and an impressive Senior Bowl. A fast 40 time is going to boost his stock even more despite the fact that defensive ends rarely, if ever, have to run 40 yards at top speed on a football field.

Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat had to be smiling after his 40 time at the NFL combine. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)
Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat had to be smiling after his 40 time at the NFL combine. (AP Photo/Jim Lytle)

The DE had 50 tackles and nine sacks in 2018. He was tied for fourth in the SEC in sacks and also forced a fumble. Sweat’s combine weight was 15 pounds above his listed weight in 2018. That will serve him well in the NFL in the quest to be an every-down defensive end and edge rusher.

Sweat wasn’t the only defensive lineman who put up a blazing 40 time for his size. Michigan’s Rashan Gary ran an official 4.58-second 40 at 277 pounds.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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