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Redskins take Montez Sweat, which shouldn't be a problem

Redskins take Montez Sweat, which shouldn't be a problem
Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat forces Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham to fumble. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

With their second pick of the first round, at No. 26, the Redskins selected Montez Sweat.

He is believed to have a top-5 talent, but he reportedly has a heart condition.

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As we discussed pre-draft, we did not believe he would fall too far. And he didn't.

The Redskins will need to monitor Sweat and have an automatic external defibrillator present at all practices/games. But AEDs are routine at all football activities, and medical staffs even travel with them on planes, so that will not be a big concession.

This morning, there was a report that his hypertrophic cardiomyopathy may not be as severe as initially feared.

Maurice Hurst, with a reportedly similar condition, fell to the fifth round last year and had a successful rookie campaign. It wasn't irresponsible for the Raiders to draft and play Hurst last year, and the Redskins certainly did their homework as well.

The team will need to continue to monitor Sweat throughout his career. Another defensive lineman, Nick Fairley, had a productive six-year NFL career until being rule out. He retired with a known heart condition that progressed.

The Redskins recent medical luck is not good. They have had three players (Darius Guice, Alex Smith, Colt McCoy) with three or more surgeries on their initial injuries.

Here is hoping that changes with Sweat.

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