Weight: 215 lbs.
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D’Andre Swift has been a three-year productive running back for the University of Georgia, with a breakout year in 2018. Five-star prospect per 247Sports, four-star per ESPN and Rivals. In this article, we will evaluate his mechanics and take a look at his future as an NFL running back.
What I Like:
Burst Outside and Quick Change of Direction
D’Andre Swift is three-down capable back as shown on this play. He has good burst and speed to get outside quickly. On this play, he makes a single cut upfield, eludes several defenders, and powers through fir the first down. This is the type of play that we see on Sunday each and every down.
What I Dislike:
Pass Protection Technique
There’s not a lot to dislike in D’Andre Swift’s game, but I would like to see him improve on his pass protection technique. He’s still able to make a small impact on this play, but he’ll have to clean up the technique at the next level.
Where I’ve Seen Improvement:
Vision and Ability to Navigate Through traffic
D’Andre Swift shows good burst and acceleration through traffic on this play up the middle. He also displays good balance to remain upright through contact and keep his feet moving to fight for more, and ultimately, a first down. I thought this a lot when I was breaking down his tape, but it’s just a really nice effort to keep his team on the field.
Has solid height and weight for the running back position. Displays solid acceleration and top end speed. Has good balance to remain upright through change of direction and contact. Shows to have a good vertical ability to elude diving tackles. Displays good awareness to stretch the ball for first downs and over the goal line for touchdowns. Has a good ability to kepis feet moving through contact to fight for additional yards. Displays a very good ability to anticipate and find open running lanes quickly. Has a very good ability to keep the ball secured tightly, even through heavy contact. Displays a good ability to navigate through narrow running lanes. Has good burst and acceleration to get through running lanes and upfield quickly. Displays a good catching ability, as well as a good catch radius. Shows to have solid footwork to remain balanced and in front of defenders when asked to contribute in pass protection or as a downfield blocker. Displays a good ability to get to the outside quickly. Has a good change of direction ability to bounce plays outside to open field. Shows to have a good ability to make one cut and get upfield quickly.
Displays an adequate ability to pickup blocking assignments when asked to do so as a lead blocker or downfield. Displays inconsistent pass blocking technique against larger pass rushers.
2020 NFL Draft Projection
Teams will have to make a decision between D’Andre Swift and Travis Etienne. Both have relatively high ceilings, but also have very different strengths. Look for a team that needs a three-down back to take a look at D’Andre Swift. There’s still quite a bit of time from now until the NFL Draft, but his stock should stay in the first round range throughout the process.