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Grade
67.4 ?
  • 4.34 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 16 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 125.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.76 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.25 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 31 3/8" Arm Length
  • 205LBS. Weight
  • 8 1/2" Hands

Overview

Swope was an all-state pick (1,826 rush yards, 27 TD; 21-443 receiving) as a senior running back at Austin’s Westlake High School. But by the end of his true freshman season, he was a regular on the field as a reserve receiver (19 receptions, 172 yards, one TD). Swope set the then-school record for receptions while starting all 13 games in 2010, catching 72 passes for 825 yards and four touchdowns, including a big game in aid of the Ryan Tannehill-led upset of Oklahoma (8-136, TD).



As a junior, the 2011 second-team All-Big 12 pick by league coaches finished in the top 20 nationally (and set school records) in receptions (89) and receiving yardage (1,207) while grabbing 11 touchdowns from Tannehill, who eventually became a top-10 pick in the 2012 draft. His most memorable performance came against Baylor, when he covered 206 yards and scored four times (another A&M mark) on 11 catches.



With Tannehill gone, how much production Swope would have in his senior season was a question on the minds of many. Luckily for Swope and Texas A&M fans, Johnny Manziel rose to the occasion, and showed himself more than capable en route to the Heisman Trophy. While Swope’s production wasn’t quite the same, he still managed to snag 72 passes for 913 yards and eight touchdowns.

Analysis

Strengths

Possesses a somewhat compact build from his running back days, with good thickness in the upper and lower bodies which translates to functional strength on the field. Very reliable receiver, his hands are strong enough and has the flexibility to grab low, wide, and high passes away from his frame. Foot quickness and strong route knowledge allow him to separate on outs, crosses, and jerk routes from the slot. Slows down in passing windows and finds room in zones to maximize his quarterback’s ability to find him. Often used on quick screens to take advantage of his ability to regularly sidestep would-be tacklers. Gives excellent effort blocking downfield and near the line in the run game, using his strength and agility to mirror and sustain, showing aggressiveness when riding defenders well out of the play.

Weaknesses

His height, straight-line speed and acceleration are only average, limiting him to a slot or number three receiver role at the next level. Doesn’t have the elite athleticism to elude NFL-caliber defenders in space, and his strength is not enough to run through pro linebackers and defensive backs in the second level.

NFL Comparison

Jordan Shipley

Bottom Line

The former high school running back still possesses that compact build and toughness, but his strong hands and awareness as a receiver have made him a favorite of both Ryan Tannehill and Johnny Manziel. Swope is the type of player who does all the little things right. While he is most likely limited to a slot role in the NFL, it's tough to not imagine him having a lengthy career.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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