Swope2 #25 Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M

 

HT:    6-0               WT:     206

YR:    Sr                Pos:    Wr

Notables:

  • 2011: 89 rec 1,207 yds (Team record) Second-team All-Big 12 honors
  • 2012: 64 rec 809 yds

Pros:

  • Effective over the middle (not afraid to go across the middle)
  • Knows how to drop pads and hips when going into breaks
  • Plays with toughness
  • Polished route running
  • Great football awareness
  • Very good at finding soft spots against zone
  • Good hands
  • Hangs on to the ball after taking hits after the catch
  • Isn’t afraid to be aggressive with DBs
  • Exceptional in the short passing game
  • Polished fundamentally at the position
  • Exceptional running routes with double moves
  • Good at shaking DBs off coverage when branching during routes
  • Great awareness of the situation and where he is on the field

Cons:

  • Lacks the consistent big play capability with the ball in space
  • Straight line speed isn’t as good as you would like to see out of a WR
  • Running ability isn’t great after catch
  • Didn’t see him challenged much at the line by DBs

Thoughts:

Don’t expect to see Swope drafted as early as some of the other WR prospects due to his lack of not looking as attractive on paper as those prospects ranked ahead of him. Swope has the tools to remain on any team’s roster for a long time. I admire his witty route running. He has the knowledge and fundamentals to throw DBs off of his routes when breaking off his routes by sticking one way then breaking in the opposite direction. Not only is he a polished route runner he has great hands and reels in balls if they are within his reach. I am not sure that Swope can be effective at all ranges of the passing game, but I do believe he can be a very effective possession WR in this league who occasionally makes the big plays, and rarely makes mistakes. That being said, don’t be surprised if Swope has as long and as productive of a career as any WR in this draft.

Watch Swope in action! (Links to his highlights below)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JCIL8U9yz0

 

 

 #25 Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M