Montez Sweat’s Heart

March 19th, 2019

Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat.

UPDATED 4:31 p.m. – If some Bucs fans are spooked by recent news that monster edge rushing specialist Montez Sweat of Mississippi State has an unspecified heart issue that was reviewed during physicals at the NFL combine, a noted sports physician suggests there is no need for alarm.

Orthopedic surgeon and former Chargers team doctor David Chao took to Twitter to calm the masses down when discussing Sweat’s issue, hinting Sweat should be fine to play football.

The first tip-off that Sweat’s condition was not serious is he was allowed to participate in workouts at the combine. Dane Brugler of The Athletic added more details about Sweat’s condition yesterday.

[Sweat’s condition] is considered low-risk because he “hasn’t had any past episodes or episodes in his family,” an NFL team source said.

Unlike Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Maurice Hurst, who was sent home from last year’s combine after being diagnosed with a heart condition, Sweat was cleared to work out in Indianapolis. The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Sweat was the talk of the combine after running a 4.41 40-yard dash.

Brugler offered that an NFL team source told him the issue with Sweat is so minor, it wouldn’t stop the team from drafting him.

Of course, more will be known in the coming weeks about Sweat and his heart. First, Joe hopes that the guy is healthy. Selfishly, Joe wouldn’t mind Sweat wearing a wincing Bucs uniform this fall.

UPDATE – Legendary scouting godfather Gil Brandt, who will enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer, reports that Sweat will not need a medical re-check prior to the draft, noted today.

56 Responses to “Montez Sweat’s Heart”

  1. Billy Says:

    He should be there if we want him. One mock had him go #4 even, but Q Williams was our consolation prize. If that can be said.

    He easily makes this draft a sure can’t miss IMO.
    That is if Kingsbury continues to wanna stroke Murrays, well um, EGO?

  2. firethecannons Says:–2019-nfl-draft-edge-defender-rankings

    read above story on edge rushers evaluation in TDN

  3. Jeffbuc Says:

    I’m so scared of this guy. We see it every year a guy comes to the combine as a late first early second. Then puts on a crazy show of athleticism at combine than everyone thinks he is better than is game tape. And has the dreaded word of potential. The most potential of any lineman coming out. Those guys have a huge bust rate. And Williams scares me. One year wonders on there last year. Was he not motivated when he knew he couldn’t declare. Or is he a late bloomer who finally put it al together. Or was it just a lucky season where everything just clicked and he will never be able to duplicate and he has peaked.

  4. firethecannons Says:

    The draft network has an excellent article on edge rushers evaluation–they pick the top 9 and grade them and pronounce results at the end

  5. Dewey Selmon Says:

    I’m good as long as it doesn’t effect anything until his 2nd contract. lol

  6. Wausa Says:

    People think he is just a workout warrior, but he has been very productive.

    As a junior he had 10.5 sacks and 15.5 TFL and as a senior he had 11.5 sacks and 14 TFL and then went on to dominate at the senior bowl practices and again at the combine.

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Not convinced we should be taking the # 3 DE @ 5……let’s hope one of the big 3 are there to choose….
    Know Joe loves edge rushers and really wanted the un-affordable Dee Ford…..
    but, I think we can’t really lose with Devin White.

    We cannot gamble on the selection….I think the big 3 are no gamble….as is White……but Sweat, Gary & perhaps Oliver are more of a risk.

  8. Lord Cornelius Says:

    He’s grown on me a lot. Kobe scared me with the chicken legs comment but this guy is not Leonard Floyd (244 lbs coming out). Floyd looks like he plays in the 230s though. I’m reversing course.

    He’s definitely thicker/bigger than Floyd (260 lbs), same height, but better wingspan (35 vs 33″) and his tape shows he could hold up against the run.

    His 4.4 40 / 7 sec 3 cone are pretty insane at that size.

    1.5 second 10 yard split. Von Miller’s was 1.57.

    Seriously this guy is fast as all f*ck lol. Shot out of a cannon type acceleration along with natural athletic movement.

    If not for this Heart condition I’d be surprised if he wasn’t being in consideration for #1 overall… what am I missing?

    -SEC production in back to back year with 22 sacks. Scouts say he’s good against the run & pass.

    -Prototypical 3-4 OLB/DE size at 6’6 260 lbs with long arms. Insane athletic testing for everything you look for in explosion for pass rushers outside of his vert not being 40″ basically lol; and at 35″ he still had a very good one.

    Stephen White did a breakdown of 4 of his games and thought he was basically the perfect mold of a modern NFL DE that he would want.

    He also destroyed everyone at the senior bowl, and seems to be an ascending talent as I read he was showcasing new moves that he didn’t even have in his arsenal in 2018.

    I approve.

    J. Allen
    Q. Williams
    N. Bosa
    M. Sweat
    D. White
    E. Oliver

    Give me one of those

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Actually, Walter Football ranks him #5 @ DE…..and that doesn’t include LB Allen……so…..#6 in my book…

    Now, if the top 3 are gone and we can trade down a few slots and still get Sweat or Devin White…….goody-good!!!

  10. Doctor_berto Says:

    Completely agree Cornelius!

  11. 813bucboi Says:


    i agree….give me one of them….


  12. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Walterfootball does a lot of work to set their rankings like WAY ahead of time and don’t really spend much time updating it later.

    2018 they had Baker Mayfield as the #3 QB behind Darnold & Allen
    They had Sam Hubburd as the #3 DE and he went as the #7 DE in the 3rd round
    They had Key as the #5 DE and he went as the 9th DE in the 3rd round

    Also looking back it shows how great this edge rush class is compared to 2018.

  13. JA Says:

    Good news—No sweat for Sweat. That is, unless he comes here.
    In the Florida heat, it’s a good bet Sweat’s sweat will get him soaking wet.

  14. Jamaal Stanley Says:

    Bigger impact day 1. Sweat,Allen or Devin White. Let’s see pass rush/blitz Sweat ✅,Allen✅White✅. Coverage Only White✅. Run defense only White✅. Y’all put it together.

  15. Season Is Over Says:

    The Bucs are in a position to draft a player without risk.

  16. Leighroy Says:

    Walterfootball can be ignored. They may have an ex-pewter report scribe, but largely “Walter” stereotypes and bases his analysis on gut feelings. Also, his breakdown of the Bucs offseason needs over the past years have been laughable at best and irresponsible at worst.

    Their website can barely be classified as “entertainment only” rather than reliable journalism, and has been deleted from my reading list. You should do it too.

  17. rrsrq Says:

    UM junior Joe Jackson, 6-5 and 265 pounds, is from Homestead and graduated from Miami Gulliver Prep.

    He had a great season as one of UM’s finest players on defense, starting 12 of 13 games and finishing with a team-high nine sacks. He added 14 1/2 tackles for loss, 47 total tackles, three pass breakups, a team-high nine quarterback hurries — and a 42-yard interception that he returned for his second career touchdown.

    The 2nd or 3rd round option

  18. D-Rome Says:

    There could be numerous heart related issues but if I were to take a wild stab in the dark I’d guess a left bundle branch block issue. It’ll show up on an EKG but it does not affect performance. Certainly not at his age with his fitness level and nutrition.

  19. Jamaal Stanley Says:

    Ya see just based off physical ability and talent alone (add in the tutelage of Bowles)my guy Devin more than likely 100 tackles,6 sacks,3 FF and 2ints as a rookie. He’ll be contention for defensive rookie of the year. While y’all will hoping you get 6 sacks out this guy or Allen.

  20. Jamaal Stanley Says:

    Y’all want projects at 5. To be part time guys make it so bad. BA ain’t got time for that.

  21. Jamaal Stanley Says:

    He said in reference to picking at 5 “you draft a star and hope you never pick that high again”… Devin White✅..

  22. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    Good point……Drafttek has him ranked 3rd…CBS Sports, 3rd, Draft Countdown 3rd, Bucky Brooks, ranked 5th

    I guess the decision will come down to team need at DE vs MLB & what available talent will be at those positions later in the draft…

    If, for example there are several very good MLB prospects charted for round 2….then DE may be the pick at 5.

    For me…..I’m taking the best ranked at the position and the obvious position of need…..MLB, Devin White.

    That presumes we don’t trade and none of the big three are there.

    There are many on both sides of this debate.

  23. Adrnagy Says:

    Every player has a risk. The biggest is being a BUST ! For performance lol.

  24. jasmine torres Says:

    He’ll be contention for defensive rookie of the year. While Y’all will hoping you get 6 sacks out this guy or Allen.

  25. Jonzey Says:

    We need Devin White

  26. Kobe Faker Says:

    “SAY NO 2 SWEAT..

    Look at his Chicken Legs!

    95% of women in Polk county has bigger thighs than Sweat! The only reason the 5% dont is because they are on Meth…


    Kobe Faker

  27. Adrnagy Says:

    The pick is Allen or BOsa if available. If not trade down. If not it will be devin white at 5. That’s the word from one bucs place.

  28. donuts Says:

    Sweat is too raw…..needs work on a second move and his burst is not NFL high level. Picking him at 5 is a reach. Bosa or Allen are better selections. I think Bosa will be gone but Allen will be there.

    Allen had 31 sacks in 41 games….thats called production!

  29. Jarhead Says:

    Luke Easterling latest mock draft is fire!!! Has us trading with Cincinnati from 5 to 11. We get a 2nd and 3rd and possibly a high pick next year. Pick 11 has us taking Ed Oliver, our 2nd rd pick is Polite DE from Florida, then with Cincinnati 2nd rd pick we take Chris Lindstrom OL Boston College. Our 3rd he has us taking Paris Campbell the speedy WR Fromm Ohio State, then with Cincinnati 3rd we take Justin Layne CB Michigan State. With his last mocked round in the fourth we take Vosean Joseph LB Florida!!!

  30. Stanglassman Says:

    Sweat was never projected late 1st to early 2nd round pick. Most early mocks had him between 7 and 20th pick depending where you had Brian Burns and R. Gary. Certain positions always move up the board. Also when players perform well at the combine they move up the board. Keep in mind this is not just the 40 time and other field work this is also the coaches and scouts first chance to interview the players and see the players side by side. This can tell you a lot about their ability to take that next step into the NFL.
    This is not a situation like Mike Mamula who didn’t put a impressive body of work on tape throughout his college career and only jumped up draft boards because he preformed well in the underwear Olympics.

  31. Buc4life24 Says:

    Jarhead, I saw that mock to and would be ecstatic to have rounds 1-3 pan out like that!!!

  32. Steven007 Says:

    Stanglassman, Mamula actually had quite a good college career. And it wasn’t a terrible pro either contrary to his rep. From the wiki:

    Mamula played college football at Boston College. He redshirted in 1991 and then hurt a shoulder at the beginning of the 1992 season, although he played through it. In 1993, as a junior, Mamula had 84 tackles and 11 sacks as a rush-backer in a 3-4 defense for Boston College. Mamula added another sack in the Carquest Bowl, bringing his season total to twelve. In 1994, his senior year they switched to a 4-3 defense and Mamula was a right defensive end. From that position he had 73 tackles and 13 sacks and four more in the team’s 12-7 Aloha Bowl win over Kansas State University, bringing his season total to 17 sacks. For his efforts, he was voted All-Big East.

  33. Steven007 Says:

    So 11 sacks is Junior and 17 his senior year. That’s good production.

  34. Lord Cornelius Says:


    I need some comparison on the chicken legs thing..

    260 lbs is pretty big. His traits indicate lots of lower body explosive ability.

    Leonard Floyd is not a good comp. Just as Danny Shelton was a terrible comp to Vea.

    I need a legit comp to actually be worried by this.

    Hopefuly Josh Allen falls so there is no need to think

  35. Jamaal Stanley Says:

    Who’d he do against 🍩??? Better yet how did Allen fair each time he faced Clemson???

  36. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If Sweat had crab legs instead of chicken legs….then Jameis might be eating him some Montez instead of Ws.

  37. Tony LA Says:

    Just… no

  38. Buc4evr Says:

    Yep, No, just no. This guy could turn into another Gaines Adams with the Bucs bad luck. Hard pass.

  39. Ndog Says:

    He had only 8.5 sacks last year and of those 0 were against Bama, Florida, Texas A&M, and Arkansas.

    So all his sacks came against lowa, Miss St., Louisiana Tech, LSU, Kentucky, Kansas State and 2 vs Stephen F Austin. No thanks.

  40. Jamaal Stanley Says:

    What Ndog said. It matters folks. Still waiting donut to tell me who Allen did most of his damage against.

  41. BucHead5588 Says:

    More I think about it I think Bucs take Sweat at 5

  42. BucHead5588 Says:

    Reminds me of Peppers 🌶 I’ll take Sweat at 5

  43. Bob in Valrico Says:

    The thought of you measuring Lakeland thighs and Sweaty Thighs cracks me up.

  44. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Totally agree with JeffBuc and as usual TBBF.

    My old brain can’t remember…everyone immediately breaks out Gaines Adams but we also had a bad draft pick who clearly had the talent but ended up with some weird hip condition that prevented him from playing. Anyone here with a better memory than mine?

  45. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Gaines Adams 2.0

  46. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Teams may say they would draft him in the first round, but that’s because they don’t want to be taken to court for discrimination.

    He’ll fall because of this…possibly to the second round, but more likely out of the top 10.

  47. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    To me, wherever he was ranked before the combine is where he should be taken.

  48. Stanglassman Says:

    I know who and what Mike Malula did. He was thought to be a late 1st early 2nd round pick because he was a tweener. After his showing at the combine he shot up draft boards. Philly took his at #7 overall and he Never lived up to his draft status. I think he was out of the NFL in 4-5 years. The Nfl teams still to this day use him as a example of why the combine is only a part of evaluation and why game tape is the most important part.

  49. Polkfan Says:

    Kobe Faker just made my day lmao

  50. Polkfan Says:

    For some odd reason I feel like I have a lot more faith that Noah Spence will show up this year than the rest of the fan base.

  51. cmurda Says:

    @JeffBuc. Yeah, it happens where guys bust from a freak show type combine propelling them from late 1st or 2nd to early to mid 1st. However, just remember in 2010 that guy was JPP. He blew away the combine and after being 2nd round material he was drafted 15th overall. He’s been dominating the league ever since. Licht’s best acquisition.

  52. firethecannons Says:

    personally I hope this dude falls to round 2 and Bucs are there to scoop him up
    love to see us trade down a few and get Devin White or Brian Burns and have Sweat fall to the second and then Bucs get him also Lol! it could happen–OJ dropped all the way to the Bucs in 2017

  53. Joe Says:

    For some odd reason I feel like I have a lot more faith that Noah Spence will show up this year than the rest of the fan base.

    It’s very likely his last chance. If Todd Bowles and Kacy Rodgers can’t help him, he’s likely AAF bound.

  54. Joe Says:

    My old brain can’t remember…everyone immediately breaks out Gaines Adams but we also had a bad draft pick who clearly had the talent but ended up with some weird hip condition that prevented him from playing. Anyone here with a better memory than mine?

    Brian Price. And he wasn’t a bad pick. That injury ruined his career.

    Joe saw him in his rookie training camp and the dude was a total beast. He was all over the field making plays. Bucs had a total stud on their hands until that injury.

  55. TDTB Says:

    Ndog nailed it. If we value production against lesser competition then Jaylon Ferguson is a better risk and the Bucs can trade down multiple times to get him.

  56. lambchop Says:

    No team should invest a top 5 pick in a guy who has a heart condition. This guy is gonna slide and he’ll probably turn out to be a steal. But, top 5? No way. i don’t care if he’s the next Peppers. You just can’t risk it.