D'Andre Swift 2020 NFL Draft Profile, Strengths, Weaknesses, and Possible Fits
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D'Andre Swift 2020 NFL Draft Profile
2020 NFL Draft
D'Andre Swift is another Georgia running back who is widely regarded and expected to be the first running back selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Georgia Bulldogs have a long history of producing productive running backs and Swift is another one of those players.
College Career: Swift spent three seasons at Georgia where he racked up 2,885 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns. Swift also had 73 receptions for 666 yards and five touchdowns. Swift averaged 6.6 yards per carry for his career. Swift was a second-team All-SEC selection in 2018 and first-team All-SEC secretion in 2019.
Strengths: Swift is more of a speedy back with a quick first step and a second gear that he can reach in the open field. Swift shows great vision, the ability to change directions without losing that top end quickness and has a natural feel to his running style. Swift is elusive for the most part and cuts well in the open field to make defenders miss. Swift is also a receiving threat who had seven different games of at least four receptions and had probably his best receiving game of his career against Alabama. While not the biggest running back in the world, Swift also isn’t afraid to mix it up in pass protection and get into it with a defender if needed.
Weaknesses: Swift isn’t a very big running back at 5’8”, 212 pounds and he’s not going to move piles or fight for those extra yards after contact. Ball security can be an issue at times with Swift and there could be durability concerns as he moves to the next level. Swift also doesn’t have that elite speed you’d want from a smaller back, as he’s more quicker than fast and isn’t going to pull away from defenders like he did in college.
Possible Fits: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could use a running back and a new toy for Tom Brady. The Miami Dolphins have a million draft picks and it would be wise to spend one of them on a talented running back as they continue to build for the future. The Detroit Lions have swung and missed on running backs for years and still need one to this day. The Las Vegas Raiders have a couple of first round picks and need to make a few splashes to get folks excited about the relocation.