After speculation that he may not even be selected in the first round due to a pre-existing heart condition, Montez Sweat goes to the Washington Redskins with the 26th overall selection.
Colts trade: Pick 26.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 26, 2019
Redskins trade: Pick 46 and a 2020 second-round pick.
Sweat was a projected top-10 pick after his stellar performance at the NFL Scouting Combine. And despite the heart condition that was discovered by the medical personnel there, the Skins still felt he was worth a first-round selection.
Montez Sweat’s heart condition has been discussed extensively by NFL teams and their medical staffs. Yes, he’s been off some draft boards, but for other teams, it’d be a matter of taking precautions. @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/DuWdNgM2Tt— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 19, 2019
Sweat should compete to be a day-one starter for Washington and he should also have an instant impact in their pass-rushing department.
Over his final two seasons at Mississippi State, Sweat amassed 22.5 sacks, 30 tackles for a loss and 101 total tackles. The Skins are hoping he can bring that same kind of production to their defensive line as well.
Just a reminder that this is Montez Sweat absolutely trucking Howard…I never saw anything like this happen to Andre Dillard. pic.twitter.com/LkcNsukiEZ— Codais (@CodyLac) April 20, 2019
Standing at 6-6 and 252 pounds, he has the size to play either the traditional defensive end position in 4-3 or an outside linebacker position in a 3-4. He has the speed to get past offensive tackles, and he proved that by setting the record for 40-yard-dash times for defensive lineman at the NFL Scouting Combine with his ridiculous 4.41 time.
He also has excellent length and hands to pull off pass-rush moves on opposing linemen.
He is lacking a bit in the strength department, and he could find himself struggling to get passed stronger tackles early on in his career. But, once he's put through an NFL training program, his strength shouldn't be an issue.
Sweat will be a great addition to Washington's defensive front for years to come. What a draft for them.