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NFL Draft 2019: DE Montez Sweat to skip event amid heart concerns

Sporting News logo Sporting News 4/21/2019 Kirstie Chiappelli
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Montez Sweat won't be making the trip to Nashville this week after all.

According to ESPN, the former Mississippi State defensive end will no longer be attending the NFL Draft like he originally planned.

Instead, he has opted to spend time with his family in Georgia.

"My devoted grandparents and a host of other family members helped me to get to this point in my life and I wanted to celebrate this special day with my family, so we all chose to do so where it all started for me, Stone Mountain, Georgia," Sweat told ESPN through his agent, Brian Overstreet.

Sweat impressed at the NFL combine last month, setting a 40-yard dash record for a defensive lineman by running a 4.41 at 6-5 and 260 pounds.

However, it was revealed he had a pre-existing heart condition before he was cleared to participate in the event. The heart issue reportedly was not known until the combine and has since affected his draft stock, though doctors declared it to be low-risk.

"Because of privacy issues we are not allowed to comment specifically. But I will tell you that this is not news," his agent said in a statement at the time. "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!"

Despite his health concerns, Sweat is project by many to be a first-round selection.

The NFL Draft is scheduled to run April 25-27.

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