The team visits card has begun filling up for the Raiders. Among those scheduled to visit the team is Mississippi State edge rusher Montez Sweat as he told ESPN’s Tom Pelissero.
Mississippi State edge Montez Sweat told me he’s met with the #Panthers, #Eagles and #Dolphins here ... first visit this weekend with the #Bucs, then the #Bills, #Packers, #Raiders, #49ers, others to follow. Teams had him do a few coverage drops today, too. More on @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/Prq3NEpbux— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 27, 2019
Sweat is a busy man in the month heading to the draft. Along with the Raiders, he has visits lined up with the Buccaneers, Bills, Packers, and 49ers.
This will be at least the third time the Raiders have met Sweat. The first of those times when the Raiders staff coached the North team in the Senior Bowl.
Then the 6-6, 245-pound edge rusher met with the Raiders at the scouting combine, where he had one of the best workouts of any prospect in this year’s draft. He had the fastest 40 among edge rushers (4.41), the 3rd fastest 20-yard shuttle (4.29), 4th longest broad jump (10’5”), 4th fastest 3-cone (7.01), and 6th highest vertical (36.0).
Those numbers add confirmation to his talent after putting up 22.5 sacks over the past two seasons at Mississippi.
That stellar combine day was sullied by test results that revealed he had a mysterious heart condition which had many thinking about the draft tumble Maurice Hurst took before the Raiders selected him in the 5th round. The main difference was Sweat was allowed to go through his drills. Hurst was not. It could be for that reason that the test will not affect his draft stock which is expected to be top ten.
Clearly a lot of teams would like to get a closer look, the Raiders included.