03/11/2013 - 2013 Texas A&M Pro Day: Another player who drew a lot of attention was receiver Ryan Swope. The former running back turned heads when he tied for the second-fastest 40-yard dash time at the combine with a 4.34.
Sumlin said several scouts commented on Swope's size because they expected him to be smaller. Swope is 6-foot and 205 pounds. Swope, who is projected to be a third-round pick, was second on the team last season with 72 receptions for 913 yards and eight touchdowns. ''You can see on tape his toughness and love of the game, but really just getting to see him in person and see his athleticism was impressive,'' Allen said. - AP Sports
03/11/2013 - 2013 Texas A&M Pro Day: Swope, who tied for the second-fastest 40 at the combine with a 4.34, said he wasn't surprised to post such a fast time. "My goal was to be fast and compete. I wanted to set the standard high," he said. Sumlin said he was impressed with the Aggies' all-time receiving leader and that his combine workout really helped his NFL standing. "His workout today probably helped him a little more," Sumlin said. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/28/2013 - In four years at Texas A&M, Ryan Swope caught 252 passes for 3,117 yards and 24 touchdowns. That included 161 catches for 2120 yards and 19 touchdowns during his junior and senior seasons. Still, Swope headed into the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine as something of an afterthought: a productive college player, more product of the system than playmaker. And maybe those judge-a-book-by-its-cover assessments had something to do with Swope being white. Because after he busted out a 4.34 40 at the combine people suddenly started to re-evaluate the type of NFL player he could be.
During an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, Swope said what a lot of folks were thinking. "I think a lot of people were pretty shocked. You don't see that every day, a white guy running a 4.3," he said, via PFT.
So in much the same way people too lazy to put any real thought into such things would often compare Robert Griffin III to every athletic black quarterback (sorry, Byron) that came before him, Swope has already had to endure the predictable comparisons to other white receivers. "I've been compared to (Wes) Welker," he admitted. "I think that's a huge compliment because Welker's a great football player. ... But I think people decide to make a white and white comparison." - Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com
02/27/2013 - 02/27/13 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 2. Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M ... Swope, who is the Aggies' all-time leader in career receptions with 252 grabs, doesn't look like much at 6-0 and 205 pounds, but he showcased speed during combine drills that took everyone by surprise. He finished tied for second-best time in the 40-yard dash (4.34), not only among receivers but of any position. Swope plays quick and wastes little time accelerating with the ball in his hands, but he isn't known as a speedster who will easily separate with his natural athleticism. Talking to a scout after the wide receivers workouts, he told me "you could have given me 10 guesses to who would have run a sub-4.35 40 and Swope would have never crossed my lips." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/21/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Monday Practice: Among the wide receivers, King and Patton stole the show but Baylor's Terrance Williams was every bit the playmaker expected. The big play specialist led the country with 140.92 receiving yards per game and showed similar body control and athleticism as his counterparts. Even better, at 6-2, 201 pounds, he's bigger. The toughest of the wide receivers, however, was Texas A&M's Ryan Swope, who Lappano specifically mentioned as having been the best of the team's blockers on the first day of practice. He followed Lappono's advice of blocking where "wind up, not where they lined up," consistently doing the quiet dirty work that helped the South's running backs chew up big yardage. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/04/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Ryan Swope heads into the bowl game with 244 career catches. Had the Aggies played in the SEC for all four of his years, that would be enough to hold the conference record. Although he didn't match the 1,207 yards he had a year ago, he has 44 catches over his last six games and is playing some of the best football of his career heading into his final game. - The Sports Xchange
12/08/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR - Ryan Swope, Texas A&M, has been selected Second Team All-Southeastern Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Texas A&M football
11/06/2012 - 11/05/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 5. Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M: The Aggies lost most of their offensive skill players from a year ago, but the main holdover from the Mike Sherman regime is receiver Ryan Swope, who recorded 89 catches last season. However, it was a rough start for the senior wideout in Kliff Kingsbury's offense with five catches or less in the first six games of 2012. But Swope has gotten hot over the last three weeks, combining for 25 catches for 342 yards and two scores, and now leads the team with five touchdown grabs. He showed his value on several plays on Saturday in Texas A&M's win over Mississippi State, finishing with nine receptions for 121 yards. Swope worked well over the middle with excellent body control and intelligence, coming back to the ball and showing admirable toughness for his 6-0, 206-pound frame. He isn't the fastest and can be caught from behind, but his short-area quickness allowed him to create some separation. Swope also proved his worth on a crucial open-field block, working back to the play to help his scrambling quarterback. He has been consistently productive and needs just 247 yards to surpass Jeff Fuller as the school's all-time leading receiver (3,092 receiving yards). Swope had a slow start and won't test overly well pre-draft, but his reliability as an inside receiver is why a team will use a mid-round pick on him. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
09/11/2012 - SEC: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS FALLING - WEEK 2: Ryan Swope, Texas A&M: It was hard for the productive WR to find much room again an athletic Florida secondary in a 20-17 loss on Saturday. He had five receptions, but he only totaled 16 yards off of them. The senior averaged close to 100 yards receiving per game in 2011. You can see him next: Saturday at SMU, 3:30 p.m. ET (FSN). - Daniel Lewis, CBSSports.com
07/22/2012 - Following a record-setting junior season at Texas A&M, receiver Ryan Swope's head whispered one thing concerning whether he should turn pro. His heart uttered another - and his head finally hooked up with his heart. "I talked to my family, and I talked to Coach (Kevin) Sumlin," Swope said at this past week's SEC media days. "I just really wanted to follow my heart. Everything was telling me to come back, stick it out one more year, play for Coach Sumlin and play in the Southeastern Conference." The NFL's loss - at least for a season - is A&M's gain because, numbers wise, Swope is the Aggies' top player in their first foray into the rugged SEC West. Last season, he eclipsed a school record he shared with Jeff Fuller with 89 catches, and he also set the school's single-season mark in receiving yards with 1,207. Swope has also seen a little bit of everything the past three seasons - a losing record as a freshman, an inspiring winning streak as a sophomore, coach Mike Sherman fired as a junior - so he's as versed as anyone wearing the Aggies' new uniforms to speak about the coming season. Speaking of A&M's new jerseys sporting two large vertical stripes on the shoulders in a nod to their 1970s threads ..."They look great," Swope said, smiling. "And as long as we win, they'll look even better." - Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): WR Ryan Swope (62), Texas A&M, Sr. ... Swope was honored as a second-team All-Big 12 performer a year ago after setting new school-records with 89 catches and 1,207 receiving yards. The Austin, Texas, product enters the 2012 campaign with 180 career receptions, second in the A&M record books to only Jeff Fuller's 233 career receptions, while his 2,204 career receiving yards places him third in school history. - Texas A&M football
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR - Ryan Swope, Texas A&M, ... Swope was honored as a second-team All-Big 12 performer a year ago after setting new school-records with 89 catches and 1,207 receiving yards. The Austin, Texas, product enters the 2012 campaign with 180 career receptions, second in the A&M record books to only Jeff Fuller's 233 career receptions, while his 2,204 career receiving yards places him third in school history. - Texas A&M football
07/18/2012 - 2012 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Ryan Swope, Texas A&M, has been selected to the Preseason Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to America's top college football wide receiver by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. Swope was honored as a second-team All-Big 12 performer a year ago after setting new school-records with 89 catches and 1,207 receiving yards. The Austin, Texas, product enters the 2012 campaign with 180 career receptions, second in the A&M record books to only Jeff Fuller's 233 career receptions, while his 2,204 career receiving yards places him third in school history. - Texas A&M football