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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.

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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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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Horse
2 years ago

This gives us a chance to draft him at Spot 5. Obviously he was checked out in high school and college. Many athletes can work around preexisting.

BadgerW4
2 years ago

With a similar condition, Hurst dropped to the 5th round. Why on earth would you take him at #5 overall? He was already a reach at #5.

BigSombrero
2 years ago

Tough break for the kid. I’m certain some team will draft him give him a chance. If he falls to the 2nd round, he could be a steal for the Bucs.

bucballer
2 years ago

Just can’t take the risk with the 5th pick. Remember Gaines Adams. Too risky. Been there done that!

Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

I can see a team with an extra 2nd or third taking a dice roll. But the Bucs? Not likely.

This is a deep class of defenders and the Bucs need guys that don’t have lingering issues to hit the ground running day 1.

deeznuts
2 years ago

This reminds me of Gaines adams.
He looks to be the premier edge rusher in the draft along with Allen and bosa.
If I was Tampa, he’d still be in consideration at #5

BucRy
2 years ago

My first thought was Gaines Adams..hard Pass for me.

fredster
2 years ago

They didn’t know about Gaines Adams condition though at draft I don’t think?

BucRy
2 years ago

The only players I really want at 5 is either Bosa, Williams, or Allen..if those 3 are gone then we should trade out of the 5 spot to pick up extra picks.

Buc76
2 years ago

Trade back to a team looking for a quarterback. Acquire more picks. If you have an extra pick then maybe take a chance but not if you pick at the 5 spot. We play and practice in sweltering weather just about all season long. Might be tougher on the heart. Can’t take the chance. We can’t afford to miss on any high picks after the blunders of the past several years. This draft has to be a home run.

Horse
2 years ago

Bucballer; totally different situation; nobody knew what he had until he died.

scubog
2 years ago

What a shame for the young man. At least his condition can be diagnosed and analyzed to understand whether nor not his play will be affected. Others, like DaQuan Bowers, had no heart at all. Too bad our medical staff couldn’t see that in the MRI.

revfish
2 years ago

I believe you all stated that Tampa Bay Was not as high on him anyway as other teams are. Does not sound like this will affect our plans much anyway if I remember that correctly

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