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2017 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 News
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

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 3/76 - Travis Swanson, C/G, 6-5, 312, Arkansas...Ultimately, the Lions believe this is the eventual replacement for Dominic Raiola, who is 35. In the meantime, he will work at guard and center and be the extra interior lineman dressing out on game day. He made 50 straight starts at Arkansas and has played in pro style offenses under Bobby Petrino, John L. Smith and Bret Bielema. - The Sports Xchange

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 52. Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas, 6-5, 310, 5.26, 2...Lacks ideal speed, but Swanson has the athleticism to pull in running game and seal off defenders when blocking straight ahead. Solid making line calls. Started all 50 games of his Razorback career, tied for the second-longest active streak in the country at the end of 2013. Blocked for the first season in school history with a 3,000-yard passer and a 1,000-yard rusher in 2010, and two seasons with a 1,000-yard rusher. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

12/11/2013 - 2013 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): C - Travis Swanson, Arkansas...Swanson earned a grade of 80 percent or higher eight times, including 90 percent vs. No. 10 Texas A&M, and registered 74 knockdown blocks in 2013. The Kingwood, Texas, native led an offensive line that blocked as Alex Collins became the 10th true freshman in SEC history to rush for 1,000 yards and as Collins and Jonathan Williams became the second Razorback duo to each reach at least 900 rushing yards in one season. The offensive line, which featured two true freshmen starting the final eight games, also broke the single-season school record by only allowing 8.0 sacks. Arkansas leads the SEC and is tied for second in the NCAA with an average of 0.67 sacks allowed per game. The Razorbacks' average of one sack allowed for every 37.63 pass attempts is the best in the conference and seventh in the nation.

Swanson started all 50 games of his career, the first Razorback to start 50 consecutive games and just the second to start 50 in a career. He was elected as a team captain in 2012 and 2013 to become the 11th Razorback to serve consecutive seasons as a captain. Swanson has accepted an invitation to the 2014 Senior Bowl and will participate in the nation's top showcase of senior talent for NFL evaluators with a week of practices leading up to the Jan. 25 game in Mobile, Ala. - Arkansas football

12/11/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM: C - Travis Swanson, Arkansas, 6-5, 315, Sr,...Swanson started all 50 games of his career, the first Razorback to start 50 consecutive games and just the second to start 50 in a career. He was elected as a team captain in 2012 and 2013 to become the 11th Razorback to serve consecutive seasons as a captain. Swanson has accepted an invitation to the 2014 Senior Bowl and will participate in the nation's top showcase of senior talent for NFL evaluators with a week of practices leading up to the Jan. 25 game in Mobile, Ala. - Arkansas football

12/09/2013 - 2013 REMINGTON TROPHY FINALIST: Travis Swanson, Arkansas...This season, Swanson led an offensive line that blocked as Alex Collins became just the 10th true freshman in SEC history to rush for 1,000 yards and Collins and Jonathan Williams became the second Razorback duo to each reach at least 900 rushing yards in one season. The offensive line, which featured two true freshmen starting the final eight games, also broke the single-season school record by only allowing 8.0 sacks. Arkansas leads the SEC and is tied for second in the NCAA with an average of 0.67 sacks allowed per game. The Razorbacks' average of one sack allowed for every 37.63 pass attempts is the best in the conference and seventh in the nation.

Swanson started all 50 games of his career, becoming the first Razorback with 50 straight starts and just the second to start 50 total games, and became the 11th two-time team captain in program history. He blocked for three seasons with a 3,000-yard passer and two seasons with a 1,000-yard rusher, including the only season in school history with a 3,000-yard passer and a 1,000-yard rusher in 2010. - Arkansas football

11/29/2013 - Travis Swanson has seen just about everything during his time in college, from a BCS bowl game to the depths of the Southeastern Conference. The Arkansas center's career will come to an end on Friday when the struggling Razorbacks (3-8, 0-7 SEC) close out their season at No. 15 LSU. Swanson will make his 50th straight start, a streak that encompasses the entirety of his playing career. The Texas native redshirted his first season in 2009 before taking the field to begin the 2010 season -- and he hasn't missed a start since. "It goes by quick," Swanson said. "That's the biggest thing; it goes by quick. To me, that obviously is an honor to not miss any games."..It's been a great ride."

Swanson's first two seasons came with a great deal of team success, a combined 21-5 record that included trips to the Sugar and Cotton Bowls. Arkansas has fallen on hard times since then, going 7-16 over the last two seasons, and it will miss a bowl game this year for the second straight season. While the Razorbacks have struggled as a team, Swanson has shined under first-year coach Bret Bielema. The former Wisconsin coach has said repeatedly that he considers the 6-foot-5, 318-pound Swanson the best center in the country, and the best he's ever coached.

Bielema has also praised Swanson's knowledge of the game on the field, as well as his leadership away from it - particularly during the transition from interim coach John L. Smith last year to a new coaching staff this season. "I had no idea the blessing that was waiting for me," Bielema said. - AP Sports

09/07/2013 - Scouting the Arkansas running game: The Razorbacks crushed Louisiana-Lafayette with a rushing game that netted 292 yards. The Hogs had two backs (sophomore Jonathan Williams and freshman Alex Collins) go over the 100-yard mark. Senior C Travis Swanson made his 39th career start. He has started every game of his career. - The Sports Xchange

08/27/2013 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: C Travis Swanson - A Rimington Trophy candidate as the nation's top center, Swanson is the one constant on an offensive line that went through some shuffling in the spring. His leadership could prove to be a key factor in settling down a group that has to protect a new quarterback and will be expected to open up holes for a young running back corps. - The Sports Xchange

08/27/2013 - In his first year at Arkansas, coach Bret Bielema is high on senior C Travis Swanson, calling him the best center in college football. Swanson, 6-5, 318, come into his final season with 38 career starts. "I've had two centers that have jumped out early in the draft, both in their junior years the last two years," Bielema said. "I had one go first round to the Cowboys, one second round to the Falcons. I think Travis is any good as either one of those players, if not better." - The Sports Xchange

08/26/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): C - Travis Swanson, Arkansas,...Swanson has been included on numerous preseason All-American and All-SEC teams in addition to watch lists for the Rimington Trophy, Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award. The Kingwood, Texas, native was a team captain and earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2012 after leading an offensive line that allowed just 1.58 sacks per game to rank third in the conference and blocked as 24 school or SEC records were broken.

Swanson has started all 38 games of his collegiate career, which is tied for the fourth-longest active consecutive games started streak in the country. He has blocked for a 3,000-yard passer in each season, including the first season in school history with a 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rusher and the first time in school history the Razorbacks produced a 1,000-yard receiver in consecutive seasons. - Arkansas football

08/21/2013 - TOP ARKANSAS PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. OC Travis Swanson (6-4, 314, 5.26)...Since redshirting in 2009, Swanson has started the past 38 consecutive games, emerging as a Rimington Award and All-SEC candidate along the way. Stout and possessing long arms, Swanson gives Bielema yet another dominant interior offensive lineman to build his run-heavy offense around. Bielema, himself, welcomed the comparisons of his newest protege to past stars Travis Frederick and Peter Konz, whom he'd coached while at Wisconsin. "I've had two centers at have jumped out early in the draft, both in their junior years the last two years," Bielema told reporters when asked about Swanson. "I had one go first round to the Cowboys [Frederick], one second round to the Falcons [Konz]. I think Travis is any good as either one of those players, if not better."

Swanson's size, durability and proficiency in pass protection are impressive and he'll enter the 2013 season as NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated center. He is a reliable shotgun snapper, who is very stout in pass protection, showing the power, balance and strong hands to latch and control opponents. Swanson is effective but less impressive in the running game. He understands blocking angles and generally seals off opponents from the action effectively in the running game but can be beaten inside by quickness and too often drops his head on contact when blocking on the move, leading to experienced defenders occasionally swimming over the top to break free. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/14/2013 - SEC'S 10 MOST IMPORTANT PLAYERS IN 2013: 8. Arkansas C Travis Swanson...A Rimington Trophy candidate as the nation's top center, Swanson is the one constant on an offensive line that went through some shuffling in the spring. Line play is the cornerstone of first-year coach Bret Bielema's system. Swanson's leadership could prove to be a key factor in settling down a group that has to protect a new quarterback against a slew of top pass rushers. Swanson will be expected to open up holes for a young running back corps led by one of the nation's top freshmen, Alex Collins. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

07/25/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): C - Travis Swanson, Arkansas (92)...Swanson continues his preseason run of recognition after being named to watch lists for the Rimington Trophy, Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award as well as multiple All-American and All-SEC teams. The Kingwood, Texas, native was a team captain and earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2012 after leading an offensive line that allowed just 1.58 sacks per game to rank third in the conference and blocked as 24 school or SEC records were broken.

Swanson has started all 38 games of his collegiate career, which is tied for the fourth-longest active consecutive games started streak in the country. He has blocked for a 3,000-yard passer in each season, including the first season in school history with a 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rusher and the first time in school history the Razorbacks produced a 1,000-yard receiver in consecutive seasons. - Arkansas football

07/17/2013 - 2013 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST: Travis Swanson, Arkansas, C...Swanson is on the watch list for the third straight year and adds another preseason recognition to his list that includes preseason All-America and All-SEC acclaim heading into the 2013 season. Last season, the Kingwood, Texas, native was a team captain and earned second-team All-SEC honors, leading an offensive line that blocked as 24 school or SEC records were broken and allowed just 1.58 sacks per game to rank third in the conference. Swanson has started all 38 games of his collegiate career and blocked for a 3,000-yard passer in each season, including the first season in school history with a 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rusher and the first time in school history the Razorbacks produced a 1,000-yard receiver in consecutive seasons. - Arkansas football

07/17/2013 - 2013 RIMINGTON TROPHY WATCH LIST: Travis Swanson, Arkansas...Swanson is on the watch list for the third straight year and adds another preseason recognition to his list that includes preseason All-America and All-SEC acclaim heading into the 2013 season. Last season, the Kingwood, Texas, native was a team captain and earned second-team All-SEC honors, leading an offensive line that blocked as 24 school or SEC records were broken and allowed just 1.58 sacks per game to rank third in the conference. Swanson has started all 38 games of his collegiate career and blocked for a 3,000-yard passer in each season, including the first season in school history with a 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rusher and the first time in school history the Razorbacks produced a 1,000-yard receiver in consecutive seasons. - Arkansas football

07/17/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: C Travis Swanson, Arkansas...Swanson is on the watch list for the third straight year and adds another preseason recognition to his list that includes preseason All-America and All-SEC acclaim heading into the 2013 season. Last season, the Kingwood, Texas, native was a team captain and earned second-team All-SEC honors, leading an offensive line that blocked as 24 school or SEC records were broken and allowed just 1.58 sacks per game to rank third in the conference. Swanson has started all 38 games of his collegiate career and blocked for a 3,000-yard passer in each season, including the first season in school history with a 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rusher and the first time in school history the Razorbacks produced a 1,000-yard receiver in consecutive seasons. - Arkansas football

05/23/2013 - 2013 RIMINGTON TROPHY WATCH LIST: Travis Swanson, Arkansas...Swanson has started all 38 games of his Razorback career and blocked for three seasons with a 3,000-yard passer, including the first season in school history with a 3,000-yard passer and a 1,000-yard rusher in 2010. He was selected as a team captain, started all 12 games and was named second-team All-SEC by the Associated Press in 2012. - Arkansas football

05/21/2013 - 2013 FREAKS LIST: THE 20 CRAZIEST ATHLETES IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL: 11. Travis Swanson, Arkansas, center: Arguably the nation's top center, the 320-pound Swanson has already wowed the new Razorbacks coaching staff. Swanson has been clocked by the Hogs staff in the three-cone drill at 7.39 seconds. (Former Texas A&M star Matt Joeckel, the second pick in April's draft, ran it in 7.40 while Eric Fisher, the first overall pick, did it in 7.59 seconds.) "His movement ability is second only to (Cleveland Browns All-Pro left tackle) Joe Thomas out of linemen that I have worked with in the last 12 years," said strength coach Ben Herbert, who came over from Wisconsin. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

 
 
Player News
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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