2015 NFL DRAFT

Travis Swanson, C

School: Arkansas  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Kingwood, TX
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 312 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
11233-4

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.222.971.8720 267'11"4.657.73
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Stout base and good knee bend to dig his cleats in the ground and play with a strong anchor...adequate move skills and does a nice job pulling...always aware with good eye use to keep his head on a swivel...nice job on seal blocks to get in proper position and wall off run lanes with hip snap and natural authority at the POA...physically and mentally tough with a competitive attitude, looking to finish, especially in the run game...seasoned veteran and very intelligent, on and off the field...strong NFL intangibles and leadership traits - two-time team captain...durable and reliable with an experienced resume (50 career starts) in both man and zone schemes.

WEAKNESSES: Leaner than ideal trunk and lacks the frame to add much more bulk...needs to continue and move his feet at contact to better sustain and not fall off blocks, ending up on the ground too much - too much of a catch blocker...lacks the core strength and brute power to move and control defenders...needs to show better awareness on the move to better engage moving targets...lacks lower body explosion or lateral burst to quickly recover and consistently mirror...not rangy and doesn't have ideal speed for the position to pull around the edge...prefers to lunge and chop down tall trees, but needs to be more consistent when leaving his feet with too many whiffs on his game tapes...all of his experience is at center and hasn't taken any reps at OG.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

A three-star OG recruit, Swanson received offers from Texas Tech, Arizona and several others before committing to Arkansas, redshirting in 2009.

He earned the starting center job in 2010 as a redshirt freshman and held that job the last four seasons, not missing a single start - two-time team captain and All-SEC performer.

Swanson has some fluidity to bend and is a try-hard blocker, leaving it all out on the field, but he struggles with balance and ends up on the ground too much. He has limited range and won't fit every offense, but has the smarts and veteran presence that will earn the trust of his coaches and teammates - borderline starter, but should provide quality depth.

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05/12/2014 - It is no coincidence that Lions offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn would campaign for Mayhew to draft Travis Swanson, a center-guard from Arkansas. Washburn also played guard and center at Arkansas. "Yeah, I played guard and center at Arkansas and my last game in college I played against Shaun Rodgers and Casey Hampton (from Texas)," Washburn said. "I walked off the field and told my wife I am not good enough to play in the NFL and I didn't. Absolutely the SEC is a litmus test for offensive linemen and Travis played against the best." - The Sports Xchange
 

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