NFL draft expert explains what 2 traits really help D’Andre Swift shine
D’Andre Swift does a lot of things well. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. He led the Bulldogs in rushing a season ago as he finished with 1,049 yards and 10 touchdowns. He’s perhaps better than any college running back at making defenders look absolutely silly.
But according to NFL draft expert Daniel Jeremiah, there are two attributes of Swift’s that really make him shine. The first is his vision and the second is his ability to make opposing players miss in the open field.
“Georgia RB D’Andre Swift has outstanding vision and the ability to consistently make the free defender miss in space,” Jeremiah wrote in an Instagram caption.
Jeremiah backed up his statements by showing a number of highlight plays from the 2018 season. Swift really shined over Georgia’s November stretch run, as he finished with over 100 yards rushing in games against Kentucky, Auburn, Florida and Georgia Tech.
He also scored two touchdowns and racked up 138 total yards in the SEC championship game against Alabama, serving as a key reason the Bulldogs were able to get out to a 28-14 lead in the game.
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Swift will carry a bigger workload in 2019, as his 2018 running mate — Elijah Holyfield — is now off to the NFL. Georgia has a number of options who could fill Holyfield’s shoes, but expect Swift to take on a larger workload headed into his junior season.
And while the junior from Philadelphia has had some injury concerns in the past, his coach isn’t all that worried about giving Swift the ball more.
“I think when a guy is going into his senior year like Nick (Chubb) or Sony (Michel) and they’ve carried the ball ‘x’ number of times at the SEC level, I think you do manage their workload,” Smart said.
“D’Andre is going into his junior year and only his second spring. He didn’t get a bulk of work as a freshman, he didn’t get a ton of work last year with Elijah (Holyfield) and (Brian) Herrien and his injury. “
It has been strongly hinted that this could be Swift’s final season in Athens, as he is eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft. Swift has been open about the possibility that this could be his final season in Athens, but he’s also maintained that he won’t be saving himself for the NFL.
“I should contribute as much as he (Smart) wants me to, so I’m playing out there to my best ability and giving 100 percent every practice,” Swift said this spring. “I don’t let off. I shouldn’t be taken out of practice or anything like that. I don’t think anybody should, so that’s the standard here at Georgia, so I play to that standard.”
Georgia has a strong recent tradition of having running backs get taken early when it comes to the NFL draft. Todd Gurley was taken with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, while Sony Michel and Nick Chubb were taken in the first 35 picks of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Swift and the Bulldogs will start their 2019 season on Aug. 31, when the Bulldogs visit Vanderbilt.
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