Stop me if this sounds familiar; Highly regarded defensive line prospect is flagged for a heart condition that turns out to not be as serious as initially thought. That’s what is happening with Montez Sweat right now. But lucky for him, it sounds like the diagnosis is being corrected before it can severely affect his draft stock.
From our NFL pre-draft coverage: #MSU pass-rusher Montez Sweat may have been misdiagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Two sources say the thickness of Sweat's heart wall is actually 1.5 cms, not nearly 2.0. I explain below why the risk could be much lower. pic.twitter.com/PUVsbO2tDw— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 25, 2019
This probably sounds familiar because Maurice Hurst went through this in the draft process last year. But in his case, he was never cleared prior to the draft, causing him to drop from surefire top ten pick to being selected by the Raiders in the fifth round.
Thus far, there is no indication Hurst’s heart is a real concern. He was the Raiders’ top rookie last season, sacking the quarterback a team leading four times, showing the potential that made him a top prospect in last year’s draft.
Basically, if other teams are hoping Sweat will take a draft tumble and they can get the same steal the Raiders got, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. The Mississippi State star is still expected to go in the top half of the first round.