UGA Football running back D’Andre Swift fell out of the first round of the draft, but his name was called early in the second round. Swift was picked No. 35 overall by the Detroit Lions.
Swift didn’t stay on the board for long Friday night. Detroit used their second draft pick (35th overall) on Swift. The Lions needed major improvements to their running game and an all-around back like Swift will turn that unit around.
Swift was the No. 1 running back on a lot of boards, but he was not the first running back taken in the draft. This is no surprise to some as Dane Brugler of The Athletic actually ranked Swift as his No. 2 running back behind Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins. However, Brugler did have Swift as the No. 26 overall player in the draft. Here is his analysis of Swift:
Swift is a patient athlete with the short-area explosiveness and speed to pick, slide and juke, making him tough to tackle one-on-one. He needs to clean up some inconsistencies in passing situations, but defenders lose him as a receiver and effort isn’t a concern in pass protection. Overall, Swift has the uncanny ability to make defenders miss and runs with the instinctive ability to quickly survey and create positive yardage, projecting as a feature back in the NFL if he stays healthy.
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Swift is going to be another great NFL running back from Georgia. Even though he has shared carries with other great running backs throughout his career, he has topped 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons.
His career numbers prove what he brings to the table. Swift shared carries and was still able to amass 2,885 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Swift is a dynamic runner and should fit right in with the Detroit Lions. They got an absolute steal in the second round. He can run it inside, outside, and can contribute in the passing game be it catching passes or blocking. Swift will now be receiving handoffs and occasional passes from another former Bulldog Matthew Stafford.
Swift will be running in the NFL with a chip on his shoulder, that is for sure. He let his frustration be known on social media after no one drafted him in the first round Thursday night.
No more needs to be said, it’s time for action, and all 31 GMs that passed on Swift are about to feel the ramifications of those actions. Swift is now on a mission, and heaven help any defender that gets in his way.