OC TRAVIS SWANSON, ARKANSAS

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6’5” – 315 lbs. – 5.20e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: Redshirt
2010: 13 GP / 13 GS (C)
2011: 13 GP / 13 GS (C)
2012: 12 GP / 12 GS (C)

OVERVIEW:

Redshirted in 2009, then took over as Arkansas’ starting center in 2010, starting all thirteen contests. Since assuming the starting role, has not missed a game. Was named a team captain and second-team All-SEC selection in 2012.

POSITIVES:

•    Will graduate with four seasons of quality SEC starting experience for a major program.
•    Durable player who has never missed a game over four years in the starting lineup.
•    Possesses prototypical height, weight, and length for a professional center prospect.
•    Generally does a good job anchoring against power/bull-rushers in pass protection.
•    Sustains his blocks well due to good grip strength; rarely ends up falling off of his man.
•    Not a mauler but does get a little bit of push as a run blocker, has a good work ethic.
•    Can knock opponents off-balance with his initial punch, sudden with good extension.
•    Reliable, consistent shotgun snapper with plenty of experience doing so at Arkansas.
•    Respected in the locker room; was named one of the Razorbacks’ team captains in 2012.

NEGATIVES:

•    Occasionally gets caught overextending and bending at the waist in pass protection.
•    Typically demonstrates decent awareness in pass protection, but can be fooled at times.
•    Reasonably athletic for his size but isn’t usually asked to secure second-level blocks.
•    Guilty of targeting an opponent’s knees when he’s losing, which could lead to penalties.
•    Probably a finished product at this point given his four years of starting experience.

SUMMARY:

By virtue of his combination of size and extensive SEC starting experience, teams should consider Swanson a potential starter at the professional level. He anchors well in pass protection, is a respectable if not dominant run defender, and generally can be counted on to sustain his blocks through the play. At this point, what you see is likely what you’ll get, but he has been tested against some of the best defensive tackles in college football without looking out of place, giving teams some peace-of-mind regarding his ability to hold up against pro talent at the next level. RD 2

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