Report: Montez Sweat's heart condition might have been misdiagnosed at combine

Mississippi State pass rusher Montez Sweat was diagnosed with a heart condition at the NFL scouting combine, and that caused some teams to adjust their draft ranking of him. Some reportedly took Sweat off their boards.

On Thursday, that story took quite a turn. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said that teams believe the issue might have been misdiagnosed. According to an expert, Rapoport said, Sweat might not have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy as first feared.

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That certainly changes the outlook for a player who, before the combine, was considered a possible top-10 prospect. And he still might be a top-10 pick, especially after the latest news.

The reasons for the possible misdiagnosis

Rapoport said there might have been a mistake in his diagnosis, and if that’s true, hopefully it’s not one that hurts Sweat’s draft stock.

According to Rapoport’s report, it’s believed when the doctors measured the thickness of the wall of Sweat’s heart, they might have included the papillary muscles. That would have led to the diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the thickening of the heart wall.

Rapoport said the thickness of Sweat's heart wall is actually one-and-a-half centimeters, not two.

With the draft approaching fast, teams will have to figure out what to do with this information on Sweat’s condition, or lack of a condition.

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 30: Montez Sweat #9 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs reacts after a tackle for loss against the Louisville Cardinals during the TaxSlayer Bowl at EverBank Field on December 30, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Bulldogs won 31-27. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
STARKVILLE, MS - SEPTEMBER 29: Montez Sweat #9 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs reacts during a game against the Florida Gators at Davis Wade Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
STARKVILLE, MS - NOVEMBER 17: Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive end Montez Sweat (9) during the game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Mississippi State Bulldogs on November 17, 2018 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 26: Defensive End Montez Sweat #9 of Mississippi State of the South Team in action during the 2019 Resse's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 26, 2019 in Mobile, Alabama. The North defeated the South 34 to 24. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 26: Defensive End Montez Sweat #9 of Mississippi State of the South Team during the team's intros before the start of the 2019 Resse's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 26, 2019 in Mobile, Alabama. The North defeated the South 34 to 24. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 02: Mississippi State edge rusher Montez Sweat answers questions from the media during the NFL Scouting Combine on March 02, 2019 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 03: Defensive lineman Montez Sweat of Mississippi State runs the 40-yard dash during day four of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 3, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 03: Defensive lineman Montez Sweat of Mississippi State works out during day four of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 3, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Former Mississippi State defensive player Montez Sweat runs through an agility drill while getting tested by NFL football scouts and coaches during Pro Day at Mississippi State, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Starkville, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
South defensive end Montez Sweat of Mississippi State (9) before the start of the Senior Bowl college football game, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Former Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat stretches as he warms up for drills during Pro Day at the university, as players were tested by NFL football scouts and coaches, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Starkville, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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Where will Montez Sweat be drafted?

It’s possible the diagnosis at the combine didn’t affect Sweat at all.

Rapoport said some teams weren’t worried about the condition. He’s still considered an elite prospect; Yahoo Sports’ Eric Edholm ranks Sweat as the No. 8 player in this draft class.

The pre-draft news that Sweat might not have a heart issue certainly can’t hurt his stock. He’ll be one of the more interesting cases in a first round that is becoming more unpredictable by the hour.

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