2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: RB D'Andre Swift, Detroit Lions

Tim Kelly
April 24, 2020 - 7:25 pm

The 2020 NFL Draft class didn't feature a prospect like Saquon Barkley or Ezekiel Elliott, but former Georgia Bulldogs' running back D'Andre Swift is expected to be a star at the NFL level, which is why the Detroit Lions made him the second running back selected in this year's draft.

In three seasons as Georgia - a school with a long line of producing great NFL running backs - Swift rushed for 2,885 yards, while averaging 6.6 yards per carry and scoring 25 total touchdowns. Additionally, the 21-year-old should be relatively fresh heading into the NFL, as the 440 career rushing attempts he had in college were far less than J.K. Dobbins, Cam Akers, Zack Moss and Jonathan Taylor had in their collegiate careers.

Here's everything you need to know about Swift, a player that Drae Harris of The Draft Network says reminds him of Carolina Panthers' All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey:

Measurables: 5'8, 212 pounds

School: Georgia

2019 Stats: 1,218 rushing yards...6.2 yards per carry...seven rushing touchdowns...24 receptions...216 receiving yards

Accolades: 2018 Second-Team All-SEC...2019 First-Team All-SEC

Strengths: Kyle Crabbs of The Draft Network says that Swift "brings a pretty rare blend of size, agility, speed and receiving ability," and adds that the 21-year-old is "capable of overhauling an NFL team's rushing attack."

Weaknesses: Though NFL.com's Lance Zierlein believes that Swift has "Offensive Rookie of the Year potential" he does point to concerns about the former Georgia running back potentially fumbling too much for his own good. He also says that even with a last name that's a synonym for speed, Swift is "lacking home-run burst."

Player Comparison: LeSean McCoy

Swift grew up in Philadelphia, and it shows in his running style. He's a few inches shorter than Shady McCoy, but very similar in size to the two-time All-Pro. The shiftiness he runs with and his willingness to be a weapon in the passing game is reminiscent of how McCoy was during his six seasons in Philadelphia, a period in which he emerged as one of the game's elite offensive weapons.

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