WJTV – Former Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat didn’t leave high school as a can’t-miss prospect on defense.

Sweat was a tight end coming out of high school. He went to Michigan State first, where he switched to defensive lineman. From there, he transferred to Copiah-Lincoln Community College before playing his final two seasons at Mississippi State.

Sweat, who finished with 22 sacks in 26 career games with MSU, said his time in junior college helped mold him into the player he is today.

“It felt comfortable. I was just always an athlete, just finding a place for me on the football field was always the place and I found my spot,” Sweat said at the Senior Bowl. “It was a very humbling experience at JUCO and I definitely developed into a defensive end at Co-Lin. I also played a little bit of outside linebacker and when I got to Mississippi State I took it to the next level.

“God just works in mysterious ways. He just blessed me to do what I love.”

Sweat is projected as a first round pick in this year’s NFL Draft.