Scouting Report: Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
Swope has been a lock as one of “our guys” for quite some time. This kid just doesn’t get enough love or respect. Perhaps it’s because he’s had the good fortune of playing with both Ryan Tannehill and then Johnny “Football” Manziel over the last two seasons. That is indeed fortunate, but don’t discount how fortunate both of those QBs were to have Swope, who is too often overlooked in this year’s receiving class.
Swope does so many things well. Here are a few key points.
- Adequately sized at 6’0” 205 pounds.
- He’s fast on film, and he ran a 4.34 at the combine.
- Runs good routes.
- Hands are a strength.
- Is a willing and able blocker.
- He’s a converted tailback from his high school days and it shows after the catch.
If the Texas A&M star lands in a good system with a capable quarterback, we expect plenty of after-the-catch at the next level. New England would be a perfect fit for Swope and if he’s still on the board at 59 overall, we think they’ll take him unless they take a receiver in round one.
Swope has some Randall Cobb and Percy Harvin in him and he compares favorably to Harvin in terms of both size and speed. Quite frankly, we like Swope better than a lot of the guys ranked ahead of him in most of the mock drafts we’re seeing. We’d much rather draft Ryan Swope in the middle of round two than DeAndre Hopkins in the middle of round one.
While best suited for slot duty at the next level, we do not think Swope lacks the ability to play outside. He’s good enough to play anywhere and will be a nice value in dynasty drafts. Swope may have some redraft potential if he lands with a team that will give him snaps like New Orleans. Regardless of what teams takes him, we expect Swope to become a good NFL player in time. Mark it down.
We’ll have another underrated player posted tomorrow.