With the 26th pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected defensive end Montez Sweat from Mississippi State.
Just one week ago Montez Sweat seemed like a sure-fire top-ten selection in the 2019 NFL Draft. His draft stock took a hit when it was discovered that Sweat has an enlarged heart. When you watch him on tape, Sweat exudes the skill-set to be a difference maker at the next level.
Sweat won the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis by exhibiting incomparable athleticism. He looks the part, built of pure muscle and showcasing tremendous length. Sweat is not only a gifted pass-rusher but also is a menace against the run as well.
I am no doctor but an enlarged heart is worrisome. In fact, no player in the NFL is currently playing with this condition. Despite being one of the best athletes in this draft class, he doesn’t offer the flexibility you would expect from him. And how might his heart condition impact the length of Sweat’s career? Nobody can know for sure.
How will Sweat help the Redskins?
Sweat is a more balanced and complete football player than pass-rushing phenom. He is a three-down player that defends the run very well and equally can put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The smart money is on the notion that Sweat will be one of those players that is a better professional than collegiate player.