The Redskins have traded their second rounder this year’s and next year’s second rounder to the Colts for Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat. 25 teams passed on Sweat before the Redskins picked him with the 26th overall pick. Sweat is determined to make the teams that passed on him pay.
“I’m ready to show everyone they missed out,” Sweat told reporters after being drafted. “I got the biggest chip on my shoulder ever.”
Sweat recorded 50 total tackles for Mississippi State and 8.5 sacks. Sweat would’ve been long gone by now if he hadn’t been diagnosed with a heart condition. However, there have been reports that he may have been misdiagnosed with his heart condition.
The 6’6”, 245 pound Sweat will replace Preston Smith who left for the Packers in free agency. In 2017, Sweat recorded 10.5 sacks for Mississippi state.
After selecting Haskins with the 15th overall pick earlier tonight the Redskins made a huge splash by picking up the edge rusher they needed. Many teams had taken Sweat off their draft board because of his heart condition which made it easier for the Redskins to acquire him.
“I don’t think they understand yet,” said Sweat. “They’re going to find out real soon.”
Sweat will be an instant contributor to the Redskins’ defense as he will line up with a fierce front seven that includes Ryan Kerrigan, Rueben Foster, Matt Ioannidis, Jonathan Allen and Da’ron Payne.
Sweat ran a ridiculous 4.41 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in March. Sweat looks like one of those “create-a-player” that kids make in video games.
Sweat is very quick off the line but plays too hard sometimes costing his team a few extra yards. Sweat will sometimes jump off the line costing the team a penalty and five yards.
Sweat vaulted into the first round after dominating the senior bowl and his dominant performance at the combine. Sweat will become a force on the Redskins’ defense for years to come.
The Redskins’ surprisingly made out well with the draft after both Bruce Allen and Dan Snyder decided to take over the first round for Washington almost eliminating hope for all Redskins fans. This isn’t said very much but hats off to Allen for having a good offseason by signing Landon Collins and drafting Haskins and Sweat.
The Redskins still have needs on the offensive line, wide receiver and free safety. The Redskins will likely address these issues later in the draft.