DE Montez Sweat Won’t Attend NFL Draft

It sounds like Montez Sweat‘s camp may be preparing for some draft-day disappointment. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter (via Twitter), the Mississippi State defensive end will not be attending the NFL draft. Sweat was previously listed among the 23 attendees, but recent reports may have forced the lineman to rethink his spot in the green room.

“My devoted grandparents and a host of other family members helped me to get to this point in my life,” Sweat said (via Schefter on Twitter), “and I wanted to celebrate this special day with my family so we all chose to do so where it all started for me, Stone Mountain, Georgia.”

We heard yesterday that a heart condition has caused some teams to entirely remove Sweat from their draft board. Sweat has an enlarged heart, and some teams’ doctors have noted that there is no example of a player dealing with this issue in the current NFL. On the flip side, there’s a sense that some teams will be willing to take the risk, with cardiologists indicating that Sweat would be able to have an NFL career.

Despite the heart condition, Sweat managed to appear in 26 games over his final two seasons with the Bulldogs, compiling 22.5 sacks over that span. His known visits were with the Texans, Bengals, 49ers, Bills, Raiders, Packers and Buccaneers. While Sweat was previously expected to be a first-rounder, it’s uncertain when he’ll be selected during next week’s draft. As our own Sam Robinson pointed out, Maurice Hurst, viewed by some as a first-round prospect last year, fell to the fifth round last year because of a different heart condition.

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6 comments on “DE Montez Sweat Won’t Attend NFL Draft

  1. TheTruth12

    Not sorry but teams that have taken him off their board are idiots it did not affect him at the combine or during his collegiate career there’s no reason to suggest that it will affect him in the NFL. If he really does fall he’s gonna be the steal of the draft. Pats could be an option plenty of picks so they could “take the risk”

  2. The dude

    He will be a steal for anyone who gets him past the first round. I would be ecstatic if my Texans could get him in the second with 1 of their 2 picks. Would really help clear up what we should do with clowney.

  3. jdrushton

    If the Eagles don’t draft on the DL in the first round, I expect them to make a play for Sweat with one of their two 2nd round picks.

  4. afsooner02

    I doubt he falls out of the first. which means a playoff team could benefit greatly by taking a small risk.

  5. Probably fall into the Steelers or Pats lap. I thought Tampa Bay was all over him. Maybe some teams are trying to blow smoke and hope they can trade back in and get him.

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