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Redskins draft Stone Mountain’s Sweat in first round

Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat, who is from Stone Mountain and played at Stephenson High, became the first player taken in this year’s NFL draft from a Georgia high school or college when the Washington Redskins selected Sweat with the 26th pick Thursday night.

The Redskins made a trade with the Colts to move into the No. 26 spot.

Sweat, who started his career at Michigan State and was recruited as a tight end, set a modern-era record for a defensive lineman at the NFL combine when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds. 

By comparison, the 4.41 seconds would have been the eighth fastest time among the wide receivers at the combine.

“Montez Sweat is a pass-rusher,” draft analyst Mel Kiper said before the draft. “He showed that early on. In fact, when we got into early October, I had Sweat as the eighth best player on the big board. Then he got kind of quiet.

“Then he came through with a couple of sacks late in the season. Then he had the really good Senior Bowl week. He’s got the length. He’s got the explosiveness.”

Sweat measured at 6-foot-6, 260 pounds at the combine, lifted 225 pounds 21 times on the bench press and showed a 36-inch vertical leap.

When asked at the combine who he models his game after, Sweat said, “I watch a lot of pass-rushers. I think old-time pass-rushers like Jason Taylor has a lot of my skill set. He’s long, he’s fast. I watch him a lot.”

The Football Writers Association of American voted Sweat first-team All-American, and the AP voters chose him for their second-team defense.

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