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D’Andre Swift NFL draft profile and fantasy projections

Georgia’s D’Andre Swift appears poised to be the first running back picked in the draft. Is a shoe-in for NFL glory? We investigate.

D’Andre Swift #7 of the Georgia Bulldogs looks on before the SEC Championship game against the LSU Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

Getting to play running back at Georgia means you’ve got more than your share of ability, but also means you are going to deal with more than your share of competition as well. But he still managed to lead the team in rushing his sophomore and junior year despite sharing time. For his career, Swift ran the ball 440 times for 2,885 yards (6.6 ypc) and 20 touchdowns, adding 73 receptions for 666 yards and five more touchdowns.

Scouting Report

Swift has all the attributes to make it in the NFL. He’s most suited for a zone blocking scheme, where he can use his one-cut ability the best. He can run inside with the best of them, finding the right crease and making strong moves in limited space, but also has the acceleration and quicks to cut to the outside.

He is set up well to play in year one, as he is a good receiver and route runner who can anticipate pass protection. He could use a bit more power on his inside runs and he’ll need to work on fumbling issues. He sometimes doesn’t let his ability shine, as he will stick too closely to the play called and not improvise when needed.

Overall, Swift is adept at all aspects of the game and should see work quickly in the NFL. He is likely to be taken in the first or early second round, which should push any team that grabs him to get their money’s worth in year one.

D’Andre Swift is an early Day 2 candidate for teams looking for a three-down starter in a wide zone system. Swift is a highly effective runner outside the tackles with a unique blend of physicality, acceleration, and body control to maximize space and confound angles when in the second level. Swift has multiple years cached as an important member of the pass-catching game and has a developer route tree and trustworthy hands for the NFL level. — Benjamin Solak, The Draft Network

Mock Draft Results

Mel Kiper, ESPN: Dolphins, 1st round
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com: Ravens, 1st round
Eric Edholm, Yahoo Sports: Chargers, 2nd round
Doug Farrar, Touchdown Wire: Ravens, 1st round

Fantasy impact: Rookie year

Swift has a good chance to see work early in his career, but if he were to be taken by the run happy Ravens, he would split time behind Mark Ingram. With the Dolphins, he would be the no-doubt starter from Day 1. The good news is that he is an every-down back, which means he’ll get receiving work, which is key for fantasy.

Fantasy impact: Career

Swift’s upside isn’t of an all-time great, but in the right spot he could be a strong fantasy play for his entire career. His lack of a huge workload in college helps and the fact he looks like he’ll be the first running back chosen means teams are going to want to get him on the field for their investment. We should always prioritize wide receivers over running backs in dynasty, but Swift is still a first-rounder in rookie drafts who should make an immediate impact.