NFL Draft news: Montez Sweat visited with the Raiders and Texans
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NFL Draft prospect Montez Sweat visited with the Raiders and Texans

Montez Sweat, NFL Draft

Mississippi State defensive lineman and top NFL Draft prospect Montez Sweat visited with the Oakland Raiders and the Houston Texans earlier this week, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Sweat is considered one of the top pass-rushing prospects in this year’s NFL Draft class and is coming off of a terrific senior campaign in which he racked up 53 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, and a forced fumble.

He began his collegiate career at Michigan State back in 2014, but played in just one game, logging four tackles and a sack.

Sweat then did not play at all for the Spartans in 2015 before transferring to Mississippi State. Due to NCAA transfer rules, Sweat sat out the entire 2016 campaign and made his debut for the Bulldogs in 2017, totaling 48 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.

The Raiders will obviously have the much better shot of landing Sweat later this month, as they own the fourth overall pick in the draft. The Texans, on the other hand, would have to trade up if they hope to nab Sweat, as they own the 23rd overall selection.

Oakland is in desperate need of a pass rusher, as it logged only 13 sacks this past season, by far the lowest total in the NFL. For reference, the next-lowest sack total was 30, which was posted by the New England Patriots and New York Giants.

Meanwhile, Houston has one of the best pass rushers the league has ever seen in J.J. Watt, but as a whole, the Texans’ pass rush is rather ordinary, as they finished tied for 11th in the league with 43 sacks in 2018.