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The second running back is off the board. The Lions have selected Swift with the 35th overall pick.
The 5-8, 212-pound Georgia product is just the most recent in a run of NFL-caliber running backs for the team in Athens. The former SEC All-Freshman selection and 2019 All-SEC running back is coming into the draft with a bit of an injury history. He has been sidelined due to injury on more than one occasion during his three years at UGA.
Swift is a three-down back, plain and simple. He’s a workhorse. Swift’s compact frame and strong lower body allow him to stay balanced coming out of spins & broken tackles. In tight quarters his vision is second to none. His quick cutting ability and acceleration allow him to pick his window for more yards coming out of traffic jams.
Honestly, there’s not a whole lot of weaknesses in Swift’s game to point out. His biggest weakness is ball security. He puts the ball on the ground at an above-average pace when compared to his number of carries. He’s more quick than fast. He ran an unofficial 4.48 40-yard dash at the combine. We have seen him, however, get walked down by SEC defensive backs.
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What the Experts Say
Swift possesses the play traits and running style of a skillful NFL veteran and is the latest in an avalanche of talented Georgia backs. Tempo and decisiveness are his calling cards, making him a highly talented inside/outside zone runner. He’s a cerebral runner who understands block timing and uses quick-cut agility and rare spatial awareness to read and react to defenses beyond the second level. Swift isn’t overly explosive as a home-run hitter and doesn’t run with the violence of last year’s top running back, Josh Jacobs. He can step right in and provide early stability and production as an efficient, every-down back with Offensive Rookie of the Year potential. -Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
Swift steps into an immediate starting role with the Lions. Detroit’s most successful back last year was Bo Scarbrough, a back who’s spent most of his NFL career on the practice squad. He’ll add dynamic cutting abilities in tight lanes and an excellent receiver out of the backfield.