Redskins trade back into 1st round, move up 20 spots for Sweat
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The Washington Redskins traded back into the first round of the draft by sending the 46th overall pick and a 2020 second-rounder to the Indianapolis Colts to select pass-rusher Montez Sweat out of Mississippi State at No. 26 overall.

Sweat was thought to have a pre-existing heart condition - believed to be discovered at the NFL combine - but it's been determined he was misdiagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

He was initially projected to be a potential top-10 pick. Instead, the Redskins move up 20 spots in the draft to get him late in the first round. The Colts now own two second-rounders for next year's draft.

Prospect profile

School: Mississippi State
Height: 6-6
Weight: 260 lbs


  • Explosive athlete, great straight-line speed
  • Great size, long arms
  • Excellent run defender, made a number of tackles for loss
  • Very productive over last two seasons
  • Efficient tackler with wide wingspan
  • Consistently sets the edge
  • Explodes off the snap


  • Tight hips restrict lateral movement and fluidity in space
  • Lacks some play strength, doesn't win with bull rush
  • Hand usage and pass-rush plan need improvement, relies mostly on speed
  • Not a flexible or bend/rip pass-rusher
  • Tall defender who often doesn't play with ideal leverage

Bottom line

Sweat possesses a number of rare traits for an edge defender, but his overall game requires a bit of fine-tuning before he can make a legitimate NFL impact. The speed and production are there, but the 2018 All-American likely only profiles as a weak-side defensive end in a 4-3 defense due to his tightness in space. Still, Sweat's upside is among the highest at his position.

Redskins trade back into 1st round, move up 20 spots for Sweat
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