Washington Redskins fans weren’t alone in their surprise and excitement about the front office trading back into the first round of the 2019 NFL draft to grab edge rusher Montez Sweat.
In the interview above, veteran linebacker Mason Foster detailed how he was watching the combine and thinking Sweat could be a force in the NFL.
Now they’re teammates.
And Sweat did put on an all-timer of a show at the combine, measuring at 6’6″ and 260 pounds but running the 40-yard dash in just 4.41 seconds. He also impressed with a 36-inch vertical jump, 125 on the broad jump and seven seconds flat in the three-cone drill.
Now Foster gets to potentially line up next to Sweat at least on a rotational basis, with Reuben Foster on his other side in what is a retooled defense for the Redskins.
The Washington Redskins traded back into the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft to select Mississippi State EDGE Montez Sweat at No. 26 overall.
The Redskins had already picked Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins earlier in the round after he fell into their laps, and then they landed Sweat to add to a great Round 1 haul.
Sweat is already earning praise from his teammates. Recently, LB Mason Foster said he thinks Sweat is going to become an immediate star (via 247Sports):
“I remember watching him at the combine,” said Foster. “I just watched it on TV, and seeing how much of a freak athlete he was and I was like man, ‘He’s going to be special, man.’ If he can translate that into playing ball for real — with the coaches we got and people we got in this building, I’m pretty sure the sky is the limit for him.”
Sweat had a heart issue surface after the NFL Combine that hurt his stock, even though it turns out the doctors may have misdiagnosed it. That means the Redskins may have gotten a steal.
Will Sweat live up to his first-round billing? Foster certainly thinks he will.