DE Sweat’s past knee injuries concern some NFL teams

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Several NFL teams have expressed concern over the left knee of Florida State standout defensive end Josh Sweat, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday.

Those teams are wary of Sweat’s health after he underwent surgery on his ACL, MCL and PCL in college, per Rapoport.

Rapoport reported that “some NFL clubs have moved Sweat down their draft boards or in the case for some teams completely off the board.” He did note that some teams were “indeed comfortable with Sweat’s knee, short and long term.” senior analyst Rob Rang projects Sweat as the 51st overall pick ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Sweat, who was one of the stars at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, visited the New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins, New York Giants and Tennessee Titans during the pre-draft process.

The 6-foot-5, 251-pound Sweat officially was clocked at 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Combine, with an explosive 39.5-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-4-inch broad jump. His workout numbers are all the more impressive given that 3 1/2 years ago it was feared that he might lose his left leg after a gruesome dislocation and ACL tear ruined his senior season in high school.

After wearing a bulky brace on his left knee throughout his career at Florida State, Sweat notably ran without it during the Combine.

Sweat recorded a career-high 56 tackles in 2017, leading the Seminoles with 12.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks while splitting time between defensive end and defensive tackle.