Photo of Ryan Swope
Drafted By: Cardinals
  • Round 6
  • Pick 6
  • Overall 174

Combine Results

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  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"He gets somewhat stereotyped as an inside receiver. I don't think it's fair to the kid. I had a third-round grade on him. But because of concussions he drops down to the sixth round. But I think they got real value there." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'0" Height
  • 31 3/8" Arm Length
  • 205LBS. Weight
  • 8 1/2" Hands


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.



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 he 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. Thrives on a broken play, separating vertically from trailing defensive backs. 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.


Does not play at his timed speed in terms of consistently running away from defensive backs. Doesn't have the elite athleticism on the field 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

After becoming a favorite target of Ryan Tannehill's at A&M due to his ability to take advantage of broken plays, Swope continued his trend as one of the Aggies' top receiving options in 2012. The former running back put up great numbers at the combine, including a 4.34 40-yard dash, but he does not consistently play at that speed. In fact, Swope's quick footwork when breaking off routes is his best asset. A team looking for a slot option in the late second or third day could target the Texas A&M product, since that is where he posted his best work.
Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.