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Why did Montez Sweat really decide to not attend the NFL Draft?

Montez Sweat of Mississippi State is expected to fall in the 2019 NFL Draft, but how far? That is the big question. He could end up falling to the second round, or maybe late first round.

There are many rumors swirling about Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat, and many of them are concerning his heart problem.

Following a two-year stint with Michigan State, Sweat decided to transfer to Mississippi State. Over the past few years, the standout defensive end registered 22.5 sacks. If Sweat’s production with the Bulldogs wasn’t enough to solidify his status as a top prospect, then his performance at the NFL Combine sealed the deal. His time in the 40-yard dash was the fastest recorded at his position.

Unfortunately, a preexisting heart condition was discovered during medical tests on Sweat. This condition has resulted in a few teams taking him off their draft board, so they say. Others are now saying Montez Sweat has decided to pull himself out of the NFL Draft in Nashville and spend it with his family. I talked to seven scouts last week about the NFL Draft, and many of them said Montez Sweat will fall and fall hard, but it is not because of his heart condition. It is because of his past at Michigan State. These scouts said they feel he will still be drafted in the later first round, but they did not expect him to go in the top 10.

So what happened at Michigan State? That is the question. Sweat wouldn’t discuss the incidents that led to his dismissal at the NFL combine (STRIKE 1), but his former MSU teammate, Craig Evans, who was kicked out of school at the same time, said in an interview last February that, “Me and Tez, we fell short end on the weed situation.” (Hit 2)

Sweat also was accused of stealing a bicycle at MSU, something he has told NFL teams was a misunderstanding. (Hit 3)

“I tell them everything,” Sweat said. “All the details, and that’s just something I’m keeping personal with teams.”

When Montez was dismissed from Michigan State, they said he was leaving for personal reasons. It sounded to me as if he did not confess to his problems. NFL teams hate that, but I cannot confirm if he did tell them everything or not. It sounds like there are many more issues though with Montez Sweat and maybe he made the best decision to spend it with his grandparents.

Damond Talbot

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