RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia*

5’8” – 212 lbs.

Has been a major contributor since he arrived on campus, rushing for 81-618-3 (7.6) as a freshman behind Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, along with 17-153-1 receiving. Split carries with Elijah Holyfield the following year, with a line of 163-1,048-10 (6.4) rushing and 32-297-3 receiving. Followed that up with a 196-1,218-7 (6.2) rushing line and a 24-216-1 receiving line before declaring for the draft. A little bit on the shorter side for a pro running back, but with adequate bulk. Plays in an offense which often saw him taking snaps out of shotgun looks, but would often carry the ball out of single-back formations. Ran a lot of sweeps and off-tackle out of the shotgun, with some north-south running from single-back looks mixed in; probably a little bit better when he’s able to get outside of the tackles and work against linebackers and defensive backs in space. Smooth accelerator who can stretch out a defense and then plant/cut upfield for chunks of yardage; demonstrates good patience to wait for cutback lanes to open up, with good stop-start. Escape artist who can make something out of nothing at times. Very shifty, balanced player who is capable of getting small and making defenders miss with back-jukes in the hole; difficult to line up one-on-one in a phone booth or in space. Keeps a nice spin move in his back pocket. Consistently shows the ability to run through arm tackles and weave through congested areas to find openings; very dangerous once he gets into the open field. Not an overwhelmingly powerful pile-pusher, but has the ability to lower his shoulder, run behind his pads, and pick up yardage after contact. Pretty consistent about falling forward to finish his runs. Has seven career fumbles on 513 career touches, which is slightly higher than you’d like to see but still within a normal range. Tended to make delayed releases out of the shotgun on passing downs, rather than being retained in pass protection. Has soft hands to serve as a safety valve underneath. Feel for blitz pickup is hard to get a feel for, as he was rarely retained in pass protection; willing to stick his nose in and engage with his feet, but overall feel/instincts seemed a little bit raw based on a limited sample size, so he may have to begin his career as part of a running back rotation. A running back with three years of solid production at the SEC level, he has impressive pure running ability, with a nice combination of quickness, agility, balance, vision, and physicality which could make him a lead back at the next level. Looks like he’ll be coming off the board within the first forty picks or so.

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