Career Recap: Ryan Swope enters his senior year as the No. 1 receiver for Texas A&M. The Aggie playmaker emerged as the primary wideout for Ryan Tannehill and had a superb season in 2011. Swope caught 89 passes for 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns. With Jeff Fuller battling repeated injuries, Swope picked up the slack and was consistently productive. He was one of the top receivers in the Big 12 as a junior.
Swope caught 72 passes for 825 yards and four touchdowns in 2010. As a freshman the year before, he had 19 receptions for 172 yards and a score.
2012 Season Outlook:
It looks like 2012 could be a challenging year for Swope. He has a new coaching staff and offensive system. Swope also loses his quarterback in Tannehill and will face more talented defenses and defensive backs in the SEC compared to what he played in the Big 12. He has the talent to have another solid year, but with all that change, it wouldn't be surprising if his production dipped.
If you like Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson, then you probably will like Swope. They have a similar style and are tough on defensive backs with their quickness. Swope has decent size, but his underrated speed makes him extremely swift in and out of his breaks. His sudden quickness takes defenses by surprise. He is very dangerous after he makes a catch and is capable of taking short passes downfield for big gains. He had a number of long touchdown catches, so he has deep speed to burn secondaries.
An underrated prospect, Swope could be a nice complementary receiver in the NFL. He has starting potential as a No. 2 receiver and should be an effective wideout at the next level. Another pro comparison that some make for Swope is Wes Welker. Swope could be a slot receiver in the NFL.
2013 Draft Expectations:
Entering his senior year, Swope looks like a second-day pick. With a season comparable to 2011, he could be a second-rounder. If his production declines, he could fall to the third round, but he shouldn't go lower than that. He has a good skill set and is a polished receiver.
I can't imagine the Pats trading JG for anything less than a 1st round pick. We're talking about a potential starting/franchise QB here who is game ready, looked great when he had the chance to play. He is probably a better prospect than any QB in this draft class. Given the fact that Brady is 39 and nobody knows for sure how many more years he decides to play, the Pats may want to hang onto him for at least another season while he's still under contract. I can't see the Pats giving him up cheap and I can see teams in need of a QB giving up a mid-late 1st round pick. Considering what some teams have given up just to move up a few spots in the draft for a QB, a 1st round pick seems pretty reasonable.