Redskins trade into 1st round, draft Montez Sweat

Ben Krimmel
April 25, 2019 - 11:31 pm

Thought you were only going to get one first round pick didn't you?

Well, happy NFL Draft day! The Washington Redskins came back into the first round late Thursday night and selected Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat with the No. 26 overall pick. (Washington sent the Indianapolis Colts this year's second-round pick (No. 46) and a 2020 second-round pick, moving up 20 spots to bolster the pass rush.)

Sweat, a 6'6" 240-pound edge rusher, was the "standout" player at the Senior Bowl, per 106.7 The Fan Craig Hoffman.

If you don't know anything else about Sweat as a player, know this: He is fast. As in, very fast.


"My emotions were going everywhere," Sweat said. "I was low key feeling some doubt...the Redskins called and they changed my whole persona. They changed how I was feeling."

"What you'll see from me is a relentless football player who continues to work on his craft," he said after the Redskins drafted him.

However, Sweat did slip a bit in the NFL Draft because of a medical issue. At the NFL Combine, tests revealed Sweat might have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which results in thickening of the heart walls, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport.

Doctors in Indianapolis measured nearly two centimeters of thickness, but Sweat has met with several experts who said doctors at the combine may have accidentally included capillary muscle in their testing. This would mean "there is no risk for Montez Sweat under this diagnosis," Rapoport said. "This discrepancy would explain why some teams are absolutely fine with it."

"I was going through a lot of visits and they misdiagnosed me with a heart condition," Sweat told the media. "On my last visit a doctor diagnosed me with the correct measurements."

The last visit was with the Houston Texans.

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden was confident in Sweat's health.

“We did our due diligence," Gruden told reporters after Round 1. "We feel confident he is a strong, healthy young man...who is 6’ 6.5” with a very large wing span.”

Sweat told ESPN: “I’m just getting ready to play football. There will probably be the biggest chip on my shoulder there’s ever been.”

And all of this made some people wonder: Did Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen have a good night?

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