This news is a little surprising because Sweat is expected to be long gone before the Eagles’ pick at No. 25 overall. Just take a look at Sweat’s other visits this week: the 49ers (No. 2 overall), the Jaguars (No. 7 overall), and the Falcons (No. 14 overall).
The Eagles will likely need to trade up for Sweat if they really wanted him. But is he worth moving up for?
Sweat is an intriguing talent. He was very productive over the last two years with 105 total tackles, 30.5 tackles for loss, 23.5 sacks, and one forced fumble. Sweat also absolutely killed the NFL Combine. Just look at this combination of size and athleticism:
Funny enough, two current Eagles defensive ends are on his list of physical comparisons: Josh Sweat (imagine how confusing this would get) and Daeshon Hall.
Here’s a scouting report on Montez Sweat from Lance Zierlein:
Some will see Sweat as a leggy edge prospect with average play strength and a lack of refinement in his pass rush. I see a talent, similar to Danielle Hunter out of LSU, with above-average length and a prospect who should continue to grow into his frame, allowing him to unleash his rush flashes into a consistent attack. His transition as an NFL rusher will take some time, but like Hunter, he should come out on the other side as a good, impact starter as an every-down edge defender.
The Eagles certainly don’t have an immediate need at defensive end but this is a team that’s never going to shy away from adding pass rushers. I’m sure they’d like the opportunity to add a player like Sweat.
Just because the Eagles are hosting Sweat on a visit doesn’t mean they’re guaranteed to trade up for him. I’d guess the reason behind this visit stems from Sweat getting suspended for undisclosed reasons at Michigan State before ultimately transferring. The Eagles probably want to have their homework done on him in case he somehow falls further than expected and they’re in range to get him.
With the Eagles hosting guys like Sweat and Ed Oliver, it sure does seem like a trade up is possible. Brian Baldinger added fuel to that fire last week as well. We’ll see.
Complete list of known Philadelphia Eagles draft visits
Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat
Virginia S Juan Thornhill - [Click here]
Houston CB Isaiah Johnson - [Click here]
Houston DT Ed Oliver - [Click here]
Maryland S Darnell Savage (Local) - [Click here]
Boston College OL Chris Lindstrom - [Click here]
Oklahoma OT Cody Ford - [Click here]
Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown - [Click here]
Penn State CB Amani Oruwariye - [Click here]
Arkansas G/C Hjalte Froholdt - [Click here]
TCU DE L.J. Collier - [Click here]
Old Dominion DE Oshane Ximines - [Click here]
Michigan RB Karan Higdon - [Click here]
Florida S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson - [Click here]
Alabama State OT Tytus Howard - [Click here]