D’Andre Swift, RB
The Lions second round pick is expected to be a big part of the offense, in the rushing and passing attack. Swift is viewed as a three-down, pass catching running back that has garnered comparisons to Alvin Kamara of the Saints and Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings.
While success at the college level never guarantees success in the pros, it’s a good indicator of what a player is capable of. In his junior season at Georgia University, Swift rushed for 1,218 yards on 196 attempts (average of 6.2 per carry) and seven touchdowns. In the air, he caught 24 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown.
With Darrell Bevell being the Lions offensive coordinator, expect Swift to get a lot of opportunities on the ground to showcase the type of player he is. He should also see a decent amount of targets too if the Stafford decides to throw the ball a short distance.
He’s currently dealing with a leg injury which could lead into the start of the season but it doesn’t seem like it will carry on too much. If he were healthy, he would most likely start the season sharing touches with third year running back Kerryon Johnson until one of them emerges as the better player.
You can probably get Swift in the middle of your drafts, perhaps in the fifth round or maybe a little later but if he performs well, he could very well be a big steal as a mid-round draft pick.