Montez Sweat’s time at the NFL combine last month might have revealed a serious medical issue.
According to NFL Media, tests at the combine revealed the former Mississippi State defensive end has a pre-existing heart condition. The heart issue was not known until the combine, according to the report.
While not much has been revealed about the condition, it did prompt Sweat’s agents to release a statement.
“Because of privacy issues we are not allowed to comment specifically. But I will tell you that this is not news. Montez is the same person that was medically cleared to play and dominate the SEC, the Senior Bowl, and the NFL combine. No change in health and no change in domination!”
Even though the pre-existing condition was discovered at the combine, doctors reportedly declared it to be low-risk and allowed Sweat to participate.
Sweat gained national attention at the Senior Bowl and combine, where his strength and size turned heads. At 6-foot-6, 260-pounds, he ran a 4.41 40-yard dash and performed well in his drills, which vaulted him into the top 10 in some mock drafts.
It’s unclear how this news will affect his draft stock and how NFL teams will take the heart condition into consideration.