NFL Draft Rumors: Raiders Planned to Take Montez Sweat With No. 27 Pick

With the Indianapolis Colts on the clock at No. 26, the guy the Raiders wanted at No. 27 still was on the board in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Then Jay Gruden swooped in and stole Montez Sweat from his brother.

Washington swung a trade with the Colts for the No. 26 pick Thursday night, then used it to select the Mississippi State defensive end. The Raiders ended up taking Mississippi State safety Johnathan Abram with the next pick.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that the Raiders were targeting Sweat and prepared to take him.

"My understanding is that the Raiders were in fact going to take Montez Sweat had they not been jumped," Rapoport said. "But there was a significant development today with his heart situation. Sources say he was misdiagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at the combine. In other words, as one expert told me today, the thickness of the wall of his heart was inaccurately measured. They believed he was a high risk. They found out this week it was not as much of a risk as they thought.

"He was already off some boards. Clearly, [Washington] believe he was fine, and they got a very talented pass rusher."

[RELATED: Grades for Raiders' three first-round picks]

We're sure Jon will let Jay hear about this the next time they get together for dinner.

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