Injury History: Shoulder Contusion (2019), Toe and Ankle Injury (2018 Bowl Game), Double Hernia Surgey: Groin (2018)
Games Evaluated: 2019 Vs: Florida, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt
Report By: Ryan Lippert
Top End Speed: 7.20
One of the main things that will set Swift apart is his quickness. He has the ability to make quick cuts in the open field and keeps great contact balance when taking on contacting and making moves. He also has a great ability to change direction in the open field to make defenders miss. As far as explosion, he runs hard and has shown the ability to run through tackles even with his lack of size. Swift does have adequate speed but he isn't going to run away from defenders on long runs on a regular basis.
WITH BALL IN HANDS: 7.78
Cutting Ability: 9.00
Yards After Contact: 7.50
Ball Security: 6.50
Swift is truly dangerous with his ability to make cuts in open space to make defenders miss. He makes quick, sharp jump cuts in the open field on a regular basis. He also has solid vision for the most part with the ability to see the open running lane and hit it quickly but can sometimes try to force himself to make a lane come open instead of trusting what he sees. When taking on contact, he has shown the ability to run through tackles but isn't going to move a pile. He will need to improve his ball security as he is too loose with the ball and it showed as he let the ball hit the ground in college.
Route Running: 7.50
Ability In Space: 7.60
Ability To Separate: 7.50
Teams will love Swift's ability as a target in the passing game. He does a great job of looking the ball in and truly catching it with his hands. For his position, he ran an impressive route tree at Georgia whether it was out of the backfield or in the slot. He runs sharp routes with nice quick cuts to create separation and can be dangerous after the catch once he has the ball in space.
Lead Blocking: 6.50
Blocking In Space: 7.00
Pass Blocking: 7.30
Situational Awareness: 7.00
As a blocker, Swift showed a nice amount of toughness for his size. He does a great job of stepping up and timing cut blocks in the passing game. He also isn't afraid to take defenders head-on and get physical. Swift showed that he has good situational awareness as a blocker as he showed that he knows when to take off and become an extra receiver when his quarterback can't find an open man. He wasn't used much as a lead blocker in college and I don't see him being used much in that capacity at the next level as he doesn't have the ideal frame for it. However, he has shown that he has the toughness/physicality to do it if asked to.
From a production standpoint, Swift had a solid last two seasons at Georgia with over 1,000 rushing yards each along with more than 20 receptions for over 200 yards in each season. He seemed to run the ball hard at all times and very rarely lacked effort regardless of if he was getting the ball or not. When healthy, he did show toughness when taking on contact and making blocks but he did have some lingering injuries at Georgia which could be of some concern. As far as being a teammate goes, Swift was willing to do whatever he was asked to do to help his team win.
Swift showed solid instincts when running the ball, knowing when to cut and when finding the running lane. However, he needs to get better at trusting those instincts instead of trying to force something that isn't there. He does a good job of learning from his mistakes and adjusting for the next play as you will rarely see him make the same mistake twice in a row. Teams will love his versatility as he showed that not only is he a great ball carrier but he can line up in the slot and run routes as well. He also was used in the wildcat in college which can be something for teams to keep in mind.
I like Swift the most when he is in open space. His ability to make quick cuts in the open field to make defenders miss is outstanding. He can truly stop on the dime to make jump cuts and change direction in the open field to pick up the extra yards. I also like his ability in the passing game. Swift has nice hands for a running back and showed that he can run a solid variety of routes out of the slot. He also is a pretty physical runner for a running back with his frame. He showed that he has the strength and explosion to run through tackles.
One thing that Swift could work on is his decision making. He has solid vision but sometimes he tries to force things in the zone running game instead of taking the running lanes that he is given. He also doesn't have the true breakaway speed that other running backs have. His speed is good enough for him to succeed at the next level but he doesn't have the second level gear to make him a threat to run away from defenders. Swift's ability to take on a big workload also could be an area of concern as he has already suffered a shoulder injury. He had the benefit of having solid running backs behind him at Georgia to give him some rest and if he takes too much of a beating on the inside, it could risk bringing back some lingering injuries from college.
D'Andre Swift is yet another very talented running back coming out of the University of Georgia. He earned an immediate role for the Bulldogs as a freshman, playing in all 15 games. Swift finished his freshman campaign with 81 carries for 618 yards and three touchdowns, along with 17 receptions for 153 yards and a touchdown. These numbers earned him recognition on the SEC All-Freshman Team. As a sophomore, Swift started in five of 14 games and led the team with 1,049 rushing yards and ten touchdowns on 163 carries. He also caught 32 passes for 297 and three touchdowns. Swift continued to grow in his role for the Bulldogs in his junior season as he started in 11 of 14 games. He finished his final season for the Bulldogs with 1,218 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 196 carries, along with 24 receptions for 216 yards and a touchdown. This earned him 1st Team All-SEC recognition by the coaches and 2nd Team All-SEC by the Associated Press. Moving on to the next level, I think Swift will have a great career as a feature back as he is not only a great ball carrier but he gives you a lot to work within the passing game. If he can stay healthy and prove that he can handle the workload, Swift is a player that I can see being a Pro Bowl-caliber running back in the league. Round Projection: Late 1st-Mid 2nd; Team Fits: Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons; NFL Comparison: LeSean McCoy