Montez Sweat sets 40-yard dash record for defensive linemen at NFL scouting combineMichael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAYPublished 12:17 p.m. ET March 3, 2019 | Updated 12:44 p.m. ET March 3, 2019
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Montez Sweat is continuing to make his mark in workouts leading up the 2019 NFL draft.
The 6-6, 260-pound Mississippi State defensive end officially ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash on Sunday, officially setting a NFL scouting combine record for defensive linemen dating back to 2003, when data officially started to be tracked. His 1.55-second 10-yard split was also among the best at his position group.
By comparison, only one running back (Oklahoma State’s Justice Hill) recorded a mark faster than Sweat’s.
A two-time first-team All-SEC selection, Sweat earlier built a buzz during Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Alabama. He recorded 12 sacks last season and 10 1/2 in 2017.
“I mean, obviously I’m blessed with whoever takes me in the draft,” Sweat said on Saturday. “I’m going to give my all for whoever, but any team that takes me, they’re getting a winner.”