Lions Get Potential Second-Round Steal In RB D'Andre Swift

They now have two playmakers in the backfield.

Will Burchfield
April 24, 2020 - 7:33 pm

D'Andre Swift fell out of the first round on Thursday, and the Lions didn't let him fall any further Friday.

Detroit selected the Georgia running back 35th overall, adding a premium weapon on offense. 

It's a coup for the Lions, who now have two playmakers in the backfield in Swift and Kerryon Johnson. It will help them build the rushing attack that remains an emphasis under Matt Patricia and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

Scouting Report: RB D'Andre Swift, Detroit Lions

Swift, widely projected to go in the first round, averaged 6.2 yards per carry last season for the Bulldogs. He's a stout runner at 5'9, 215 lbs. who's been compared to Frank Gore and should be a good complement to Johnson. 

Per's Lance Zierlein, "Tempo and decisiveness are his calling cards, making him a highly talented inside/outside zone runner. ... Swift isn't overly explosive as a home-run hitter and doesn't run with the violence of last year's top running back, Josh Jacobs.

"He can step right in and provide early stability and production as an efficient, every-down back with Offensive Rookie of the Year potential."