While it remains to be seen when the first running back will be taken in the 2020 NFL Draft, chances are it will be D'Andre Swift. Georgia has had an impressive track record at the position in recent years, producing Todd Gurley, Sony Michel, and Nick Chubb, and Swift has all the tools needed to be the next Bulldog back to make an instant impact in the NFL.
D'Andre Swift Draft Profile
The most complete back in this draft class, Swift runs with the savvy of a veteran. His vision is outstanding, with the patience for allowing his blocks to come and to take advantage of them. Combined with his body control, smooth hips that allow him to stay at a high gear when changing direction and feel for setting up defenders, he has the ability to string moves together and make tacklers miss on the second level. He shows good initial burst and runs with excellent balance through contact and enough speed to hit the home run after he slips a tackle. He’ll be an immediate contributor in the passing game as well. Swift has natural hands and doesn’t lose anything in the transition from receiver to runner. An NFL team will be able to line him up in a variety of spots in the offense. He’ll stick his nose in as a pass protector, where he is quick to recognize a free blitzer.
Swift doesn’t have the elite speed of some other top backs, and he also doesn’t overpower defenders through contact. His workload was kept in check due to the depth in Georgia’s backfield, and there’s a question of what kind of workload he’ll be able to handle at the next level — he never had 200 carries in a single season.
He comes into the league as a polished product, and while you can argue that there’s no untapped upside to unleash that would turn him into a generational talent, Swift is already impressive as he is. He should emerge as a very good three-down back in the NFL, one who can step in as a starter on Day One.
Final Grade: 1st/2nd round