- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Washington Redskins traded back into the first round Thursday — selecting Mississippi State pass-rusher Montez Sweat with the 26th overall pick.

Washington sent the 46th pick and a 2020 second-round draft pick to the Indianapolis Colts in order to complete the deal. The Redskins had already taken Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins earlier in the evening with the 15th overall pick.

Besides quarterback, the Redskins had an obvious need at pass rusher. They lost former starter Preston Smith in free agency after the linebacker signed a four-year, $52 million deal with the Green Bay Packers.

At Mississippi State, Sweat recorded 53 tackles and 11 ½ sacks. A 6-foot-6, 260-pound force, Sweat’s main selling point is his “rare athleticism and length,” according to The Ringer’s Danny Kelly. At the NFL scouting combine, Sweat’s wingspan measured at 84 ¾ inches — putting him in the 98th percentile among all NFL draft prospects, according to MockDraftable.

Sweat was seen by some as a top 10 pick, but others had concerns. In March, he was diagnosed at the combine with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition that leads to the heart becoming less efficient in pumping blood. 

But The NFL Network reported Thursday that Sweat saw a doctor who believes the defensive end was misdiagnosed.

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