2013 NFL Draft Prospect: Insider Look at Ryan Swope

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

This morning, we continue our look at potential Miami Dolphins draft targets with a look at Texas A&M wide receiver. Our insider look at Swope comes from ColoradoAg of SB Nation's Good Bull Hunting.

Our series looking at potential Miami Dolphins 2013 NFL Draft prospects continues this morning. Once again, we turn to the SB Nation blog covering the prospect's college team for an insider look. Having already looked at Wasington's Desmond Trufant and Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert, both of whom could be considered for Miami's first pick in the Draft, we now turn to a prospect who should be on the board a little longer.

Past Scouting Reports: Desmond Trufant Tyler Eifert

This morning, we will take a look at Texas A&M wide receiver Ryan Swope. Our insider look at Swope comes to us via Aggies blog Good Bull Hunting manager ColoradoAg.

He's going to make some coach look very wise when Swope is drafted at a value. -Good Bull Hunting manager ColoradoAg

Overview
Swope holds nearly every receiving record at Texas A&M after seeing substantial action all four years on campus. Swope was not a heralded prospect when he came to Aggieland. Mike Sherman recruited him out of Texas' backyard in Austin after Swope's admirable career as a running back at Westlake High School.
Swope is an interesting prospect in this draft. His college numbers speak for themselves in big-time games. Swope's size at 6'0" is going to scare some teams off, but it's very conceivable a team falls in love with his hands, toughness, and deceptive speed which he displayed in stunning fashion at the Combine.
People love comparing Swope to Wes Welker or Jordy Nelson for obvious reasons, which I find to be a little lazy.

Strengths

  • Compact, strong frame can create issues over-the-middle and in traffic for defenders
  • Strong, reliable hands
  • Above average route runner - especially in the slot
  • Showcases running back capability to make first man miss in slip screen and quick screen routes
  • Strong, aggressive blocker. Really seems to take great pride in blocking ability
  • Exhibited great toughness when making touch catches over the middle - particularly in SEC play

Weaknesses

  • Size is a concern
  • Might be limited to the slot exclusively
  • Lacks elite athleticism

Overall
Swope has been a favorite target for several quarterbacks while in college. He is exceptionally reliable and thrives in big moments. He has bypassed any off-field issues. Swope is also a fantastic leader. He was integral in leading the Aggies into the SEC during his senior year with a new coaching staff. Prediction? He's going to make some coach look very wise when Swope is drafted at a value.

Thank you to ColoradoAg for sharing his thoughts on Swope. Check out Good Bull Hunting for more on Swope and all things Texas A&M.

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