Ryan Swope Scouting Report

April 4th, 2013

Swope gets the obligatory “next Wes Welker” label as a fast, tough, white, slot receiver

QB / RB / FB / WR / TE / OT / OG / OC / DT / DE / OLB / ILB / CB / SAF
Prospect: Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
Height: 6’0¼”
Weight: 205 lb.
Grade: 7.19 (Grading Scale)

Scouting Report:

Athleticism:
+/-Blazed at the combine with a 4.34 forty yard dash, doesn’t necessarily play that fast between the lines
+Explosive lower half to accelerate out of breaks and off the ball
+Plays with a low center of gravity and changes directions on a dime with loose hips
+Shows impressive body control as a route runner and while playing the ball in the air
+Adequate height with a thick and strong build, holds up taking hits from defenders well

Route Running:
+Precise route runner with deliberate footwork, sells double moves well and can take the top off the defense as a result
+Can freeze the feet of defensive backs with a stutter step and accelerate out of it to gain a step
+Accelerates out of his cuts to create consistent separation from man coverage
+Fearless working over the middle of the field and is unaffected by the presence of oncoming defenders
+Instinctively feels the soft spots in the defense and is always available for his quarterback
-Was almost exclusively lined up in the slot at Texas A&M, so his route tree isn’t greatly developed
+Always working to get open in routes, comes back to the ball consistently when his quarterback leaves the pocket
+Natural ability to track the ball without breaking stride and maintaining balance

Hands:
-Hands measured in the smallest of any receiver at the combine at only 8.5 inches
+/-Soft-handed pass catcher with relatively few drops, will let the ball into his chest on occasion
+Frequently digs low throws out of the dirt, a credit to his focus on the football
+/-Doesn’t have a relatively large catching radius, but can maneuver his body to adjust to ball placement
+Grips the ball firmly and holds on well when taking shots defenders after pulling down passes

Running/Return Ability:
-Not the dynamic run-after-catch receiver that his measurables might indicate
+Can consistently make the first man miss in tight spaces and has some slipperiness to him
+Shows plus vision in the open field to maximize yardage when in space
-Lacks overall strength to run through tackles or finish off plays falling forward, goes down too easily occasionally
+Has moderate experience and upside as a kick returner

Leadership/Intangibles:
+High experience level with three seasons as a heavy contributor to the Aggies offense under multiple offensive systems
+Situational awareness in spades, shows understanding for clock in the two minute drill and has an innate feel for necessary first down yardage
+Shows leadership and toughness as a blocker, has no reservations about sticking his nose in against bigger defenders

Overall:
Ryan Swope lit up the Big 12 as a junior with Ryan Tannehill firing passes to him all over the field. There were no certainties as a senior, with a new quarterback and new system coming to town. Even so, Swope put up consistent production was the key in a number of the Aggies’ most impressive wins. He was ultra-productive throughout his time in College Station, totaling a career 252 receptions, 3117 yards, and 24 touchdowns. Swope made a big impact in short yardage situations. He was often relied upon to separate against single coverage, find the sticks, and keep the offense on the field in third down situations. Swope also provide value with his ability to explode out of his cuts and beat the coverage with double moves. He has a natural skillset in the slot, but could be even more than that. His athleticism and developed nuances for the position bode well for the boundary as well. According to numerous reports, Swope does have some medical concerns including a history of concussions. He hasn’t missed a game for three years, but it’s still worth checking on for teams. Overall, Swope is a ready-made slot receiver for the NFL who could also bump outside when asked. His natural athleticism, consistency, and toughness should see a team pull the trigger in the second round.—Darren Page

Scouting Notes:

Texas A&M vs. Arkansas
• Has a tipped pass fall to him on the sidelines, does well to get one foot in and secure the catch while taking a hit from multiple defenders
• Shows tremendous effort as a blocker to sustain on the backside of a Johnny Manziel sweep and then track the defender 40+ yards down the field to make another block when Manziel cuts back
• Sneaks right behind the underneath zone coverage of an outside linebacker and works back towards the middle of the field to find the opening, Manziel has already started to scramble though
• Is wide open on a stop route on the sidelines after his defender gets picked by the outside receiver, turns upfield but slips when trying to elude the first tackler
• Throws an effective cut block on a dropping linebacker to spring a touchdown for the back on swing pass
• Freezes the feet of the over the top safety with a shoulder shake and stutter step on a double move before accelerating past him to win over the top, tracks the ball and makes a hands catch before utilizing speed to finish off a long touchdown catch
• Hauls in a throw at his knees on a simple slant pattern and holds on to the ball while taking a hit
• Shows acrobatic ability to maneuver his body to a seam throw put on his back shoulder, makes the catch with arms extended and then hangs on taking a shot from the safety
• Loses the man coverage of a rolled up safety with ease on an outside and back in route, ball placed well behind him and he can’t quite get his hands to it

Texas A&M vs. Florida
• Catches a quick screen but can’t cut up inside his first block and Matt Elam shoots through to bring him down for no gain
• Does just enough as a blocker to engage Lerentee McCray and keep him from crashing inside to make a play on a Manziel draw
• Has to adjust to a throw on his back shoulder on a quick screen, slips out of an Elam tackle attempt but can only pick up minimal yardage
• Locks up Elam at the second level on a Manziel draw and keeps him from disengaging very well
• Pins an inside linebacker from the outside on multiple sweeps by quickly getting to him before he’s able to diagnose the play, fearless blocker in the middle
• Catches a short hook route with impressive hands but is swarmed by multiple defenders before any run after catch

Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State
• Puts his nose right into the chest of an inside linebacker on a Manziel draw, fearless block attempt
• Separates easily on a comeback route getting in and out of the break with quick feet and makes the catch at the sideline for a first down
• Springs a receiver into the open field after a quick screen with an engaging block on a cornerback in the slot
• Finds a big space in the middle of the defense after a fake quick screen, redirects to the middle after feigning a block and turns upfield after making the catch to pick up extra yards
• Gets behind the linebackers on a deep crossing route, comes back to the ball when its thrown in a hole in the defense and is smart to get out of bounds late in the first half
• Lets the ball bounce off his hands for a drop on a quick hook route
• Throws a crushing blind-sided block downfield after Manziel takes off with the ball
• Separates on an inside and back out short route with quick change of direction, makes the catch only a short distance and turns upfield before cutting back into the open field to maximize yardage
• Delays a route on a fake QB draw before leaking into the hole in the middle of the defense for a short gain after catching the pass
• Slips the first defender after multiple tacklers converge on a quick screen and runs out of bounds for a minimal gain
• Separates out of a short route on an out and catches the pass for a first down, consistently beating man coverage in the short to intermediate range with ease

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