Latest On Montez Sweat

Montez Sweat‘s stock has bottomed out and it’s possible that he will not hear his name called on Thursday night, Matt Miller of Bleacher Report (on Twitter) hears. This may help to explain why Sweat – who has been long projected to go in the first round – has opted against attending the NFL Draft in person

Sweat’s heart condition has caused some teams to remove him from their draft board, so there are definitely less suitors for his services. Some cardiologists say that Sweat’s enlarged heart will not prevent him from playing, but there’s also no known case of another NFL player with the same issue. The unknowns have created serious question marks for talent evaluators, despite Sweat’s measurables and on-field production.

Despite the heart condition, Sweat racked up 22.5 sacks over his final two seasons with the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Texans, Bengals, 49ers, Bills, Raiders, Packers, and Buccaneers all met with him, but it’s not clear whether all of those teams still have him in consideration.

Last year, Michigan standout Maurice Hurst plummeted to the fifth round due to a (different) heart condition and Sweat could be in for a similar fall. Hurst’s case may work to Sweat’s advantage, however. Last year, Hurst appeared in 13 games (ten starts) for the Raiders and racked up four sacks with 31 total tackles.

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  1. TheTruth12

    I can’t see him not being a 1st, a playoff team will pick him up. Hopefully it’s the Pats

    • bigjonliljon

      It’s not about questioning the talent risk. Teams are dropping him due to heavy financial contract an early rounder gets. It’s on the thing to take a risk in the 4 th round where it’s a lot smaller guarantee me contract than a first round deal

    • Yeah, teams take much bigger chances on edge rushers than they do DTs.

      Besides, I think recent history proves that players who fall far due to long-term medical concerns tend to outperform their draft slot (Hurst and Ajayi in the 5th round, Ragland and Myles Jack in the 2nd round, etc).

  2. meatloaf213

    How can a team like the Falcons not take the chance in the 2nd round if he is still available

    • ohioplayers

      Because it’s terrible PR if something happened to him while playing. If team docs clear him, they could be held responsible, whether just in the public eye or not, teams have to weigh that risk too

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