Our next running back prospect is Georgia’s D’Andre Swift. This is another stellar player at his position coming out of the best college in the nation in producing running backs. He is definitely an exciting player to watch.
Another guy being produced out of “Running Back University”, D’Andre Swift might be the most all-around running back in this draft. Swift screams consistency, recording over 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns the past two years.
Playing in the toughest conference in college football, Swift made guys look atrocious on plays with his speed and agility down the field. His footwork and quick cuts down the open holes are very impressive to watch.
Swift has also proven he can be utilized in the receiving game, racking up 666 yards and 5 touchdowns throughout his three years at Georgia. Swift is a day one starter no doubt.
D’Andre Swift is a solid choice for an NFL team. Running backs these days are expendable. The average life of a running back in the NFL is just three years. Most of the time, it is due to injury or wear and tear. Swift is a guy that brings in a pump of energy into your team. He has been consistent the past two seasons, rushing for almost 3,000 yards during that time. Scoring 20 touchdowns in three years show he has consistency, but not to the likes of Jonathan Taylor, who is absolutely on another level.
D’Andre Swift has an impressive resume. He’s shown he’s capable of playing at a high-level in the best college football conference. Swift has had three seasons in which he has helped Georgia win tough SEC games. He is versatile and can hurt you on the ground and through the air. Swift has caught 73 passes at Georgia and has shown a willingness to pass protect. He has also shown improvement every season as his rushing total has gone up each year. He has eclipsed 1,000 yards each of the last 2 seasons. Swift has also returned two kickoffs this season. While that isn’t many it’s something he has worked on and can help him make an instant impact at the pro level.
One of my favorite and arguably the best running back in the draft class is D’Andre Swift. The stats might not jump out at you, but his tape shows he has potential to be a star. The footwork from Swift is the best in the draft as it’s very smooth. Also, the change of direction is stellar. Swift can put his foot in the ground and cut upfield better than any of the RB prospects.
Swift already has shown he has elite speed and acceleration in the running game, but he is also very dangerous in the passing game. He doesn’t bring many mileage into NFL compared to how Jonathan Taylor does, so workload might not be a problem. In an elite conference like the SEC and made defenders look silly, Swift has star potential right away.
Even more than Wisconsin, Georgia is a farm for elite NFL running backs, and D’Andre Swift well deserves the comparisons to his recent predecessors Gurley, Chubb and Michel. Like those three, Swift is a playmaker, who can be an instant three-down back. In his two full seasons at Georgia he ran for over 1,000 yards both times while getting under 200 attempts. As an athlete, Swift’s footwork and ability to change directions without losing anything simply makes defenders look stupid on a game by game basis. He is small but like Taylor he has elite explosiveness to be a hammer while having the patience to wait for a big play.
To me, Swift is the best runningback in this year’s draft. Teams want high-production and youth out of their rbs, since the position has such a short shelf life. This makes Swift ideal because he can instantly be a three-down back, and he wasn’t used as much in college like Taylor. If a team wants instant usage and playmaking from the rb position, Swift would be hard to pass up.
One issue that worries me about D’Andre Swift is his body frame. He has the height, but he doesn’t have the build like Jonathan Taylor does. There are guys in the NFL like Bobby Wagner and Aaron Donald that will really give him a run for his money. He will have to bulk up and show teams that he is capable of making efficient blocks, no matter what his size is.
One of his major weaknesses is the fact that he could be prone to injury in the NFL. There are a lot of guys that suffer from injuries in football, and that might be the case for Swift. He is undersized and isn’t necessarily built to protect the quarterback from an oncoming blitzer like Khalil Mack.
Although his numbers are decent, he hasn’t taken a huge step in this season. He has rushed for more yards, but he hasn’t exactly exploded, maybe those numbers are to come in the future through growth.
Swift’s biggest weaknesses are his frame and his college workload. He has never had over 200 carries in a season. This will make some teams wonder if he will be able to hold up in the NFL. Both physically and as a lead back. Swift may be the lead back at Georgia, however, they still rotate in other backs and Swift seldom receives a full workload. Some teams may look at Swift and see change-of-pace back rather than a lead back.
There’s not many weaknesses to Swift’s game, but throughout his career at Georgia he has been banged up. He mostly has dealt with a shoulder injury with the Bulldogs.
Another weakness for Swift is the weight. He might have to get bigger in order to avoid injuries and have a chance to be a three-down back. On the field though, Swift is a baller and is extremely hard to find any flaw in his game, but he does struggle to pick up the blitz packages, which kind of goes hand-and-hand to his size frame.
While Taylor’s over-usage was a small red-flag to me, Swift’s lack of usage is his biggest red-flag to me. At Georgia, Swift was never a true bell-cow as he usually split carries or Georgia wasn’t utilizing the run-game. Even though I think he will, Swift will have to prove himself as a three-down back and as a viable receiver at the next level. Lastly, he’ll have to improve as a blocker, especially if he wants to be used on third downs. Protecting the quarterback in the backfield is important more and more at that position, and that’s another area Swift needs more experience to get better.
Draft Projection: Where will the next elite Georgia running back land, according to our analysts?
I see D’Andre Swift getting drafted around the same area as Jonathan Taylor. It wouldn’t surprise me if Swift is taken before Taylor, but it really depends on which team will value running backs the most and whether or not they will be drafted in the first or second round.
I would say Swift is a mid-round guy. I don’t see him being taken in the first two or even three rounds because running backs are always available. He isn’t as good as Jonathan Taylor (who is) and he must bulk up if he is going to be effective in the passing game.
D’Andre Swift, just like Jonathan Taylor, should hear his name either late Day 1 or early Day 2. Depending on if there is a team out there that sees him as a true workhorse back or not. Regardless, Swift’s receiving ability and potential as a return man will instantly impact a team.
There’s only one running back worthy of getting drafted in the first round and that’s D’Andre Swift. He might not be an early pick, but look for a team to get him around the middle or the end of the first round. If Swift falls to the right team, Swift could easily be fun to watch as he’s got potential to be a star.
I don’t think any rbs will be selected in the first round this year but I think they will start going by the mid-second to early-third. After their first or second picks, teams will start wanting a playmaker and that’s when they’ll have to split hairs between Swift, Taylor and other guys. Swift is viewed as the more polished of the bunch, so I think he’ll go first around that mid to late-second round area.