Fantasy Draft Profile: D’Andre Swift

Height: 5’8”

Weight: 212lbs

40 Yard Dash: 4.48sec (83rd percentile)

Speed Score: 105.3 (80th percentile)

Burst Score: 120.9 ( 62nd percentile)

College Career:

In his three years at Georgia, D’Andre Swift demonstrated what it takes to be an NFL running back. 

Dating back to 2017, as a true freshman sharing a backfield with both Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, earning carries was a very daunting task. Swift however had 17% of the teams rushing attempts with 81 carries totaling 618 yards (7.6yards per carry) and three touchdowns. Come his sophomore year Swift took the lead back role and had 163 carries for 1,049 yards (6.4ypc) and 10 touchdowns. 

He flourished as a receiver, as well, adding 32 receptions for an additional 297 yards and three more touchdowns. In his final season, Swift averaged 6.2 yards per carry for 1,216 yards and 7 touchdowns. Swift continued to show his ability in the receiving game with 24 receptions for 216 yards and one more touchdown. 

Producing over 1,300 all purpose yards for multiple seasons in the SEC, Swift displayed the traits to be an NFL running back.

Strengths:

Swift is a smooth natural runner. He makes it look easy once he picks hole and explodes through with a violent, but controlled, first step. While he does not have 4.2 speed, Swift does possess elite sub 4.5 speed. Having a deadly first step and elite speed makes him a threat to hit a homerun every play. 

On top of the natural running ability, Swift excels at allowing the game come to him. He has the vision and patience to make it at the next level.  With incredible elusiveness and a strong burst, Swift makes things very difficult for defensive backs and linebackers. Coming out of the backfield linebackers and safeties struggle to cover him in the receiving game and once the ball is in his hands it’s even tougher for defensive backs to get their hands on him. 

We know Swift was one of the better prospects in the 2020 draft class but he was also a far superior prospect to fellow Lions teammate Kerryon Johnson.  Graham Barfield of Fantasy Points does a good job illustrating the difference between the two according to yards created.

Player Comparison:

The player that I believe best compares for D’Andre Swift is Miles Sanders from the Philadelphia Eagles. Both Swift and Sanders are natural runners with elite sub 4.5 speed. Both possess high receiving game upside, big play ability, and a nearly identical athletic profile.

Player Name:D’Andre SwiftMiles Sanders
40-Yard Dash4.48sec (83rd percentile)4.49sec (80th percentile)
Dominator Rating21.1% (35th percentile)21.1% (35th percentile)
College Target Share10.1% (75th percentile)8.4% (63rd percentile)
Speed Score105.3 (80th percentile)103.8 (76th percentile)
Burst Score120.9 (62nd percentile)123.2 (74th percentile)
Agility ScoreN/A11.08 (84th percentile)

Data Found on Player Profiler

Additionally, coming into the NFL both Sanders and Swift were assumed to be in a committee with Jordan Howard and Kerryon Johnson respectively. Sanders ended up emerging as the premier back after a Jordan Howard injury. Swift should be able to do the same whether or not Johnson is on the field. 

From the moment he arrived at Georgia, Swift was a star and the same is expected in Detroit. As RB23, per Fantasy Pros ADP, expect Swift to out perform that immediately in year one and provide a massive return on investment.

2020 Projections

Player NameRushing AttemptsRushing YardsTouchdownsReceptionsYardsTouchdowns
D’Andre Swift1727404454323

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