Two Division I programs and a brief stint at the junior college level later, and Montez Sweat officially has a home in the National Football League.
Sweat, a two-year standout at defensive end for Mississippi State, was selected by the the Washington Redskins with the No. 26 overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The Redskins traded their 46th pick of this draft and a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to jump up and snag Sweat.
There was some worry that a heart condition diagnosed at the NFL Scouting Combine would hinder Sweat's chances of being drafted in the first round. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, though, reported Thursday that the diagnosis was inaccurate.
After playing primarily as a tight end at Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia, Sweat started his collegiate career at Michigan State as a defensive lineman. He played in two games during his freshman season (2014).