Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat, a potential 2019 draft target by the Buccaneers, was recently diagnosed with a preexisting heart condition at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, according to a report on NFL.com. The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Sweat turned heads at the Combine by running a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash, which is the fastest time recorded for a defensive end, and was allowed to participate, which could be a sign that his heart condition is minor in nature.
Montez Sweat was flagged at the Combine with the same heart condition as Maurice Hurst last year.
However, teams are more optimistic w/ Sweat’s prognosis. More details on how teams are reacting: https://t.co/i3hogp6Gx2
According to NFL Draft analyst Dane Brugler, former Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst had the same condition last year and was drafted by Oakland in the fifth round, which was lower than initially projected. It will be interesting to see how this news affects Sweat’s draft stock, but it will cause teams like Tampa Bay that have a potential interest in drafting him to closely examine his medical reports prior to draft day.
Sweat’s agent sent a press release to NFL.com that stated: “Because of privacy issues we are not allowed to comment specifically. But I will tell you that this is not news. Montez is the same person that was medically cleared to play and dominate the SEC, the Senior Bowl, and the NFL combine. No change in health and no change in domination!”
The Bucs met with Sweat at the Senior Bowl where he dominated the competition, and are believed to be considering him among other draft prospects with the No. 5 overall pick. In two years at Mississippi State, Sweat recorded 101 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 22.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
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