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Travis Swanson

Report Prepared By Lance Zierlein

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Breakdown:

#64
Class: Senior
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 312 lbs.
School: Arkansas
Bio:
  • Second-team All-SEC (2013)
  • 2x Team Captain (2013, 2012)
  • Rimington Trophy candidate - nation's best center (2013)
  • Second-team All-SEC (2012)
  • 46 consecutive career starts, second most in the nation.

Senior Bowl Notes

  • Swanson accepted an invitation to play in the 2014 Senior Bowl in Mobile.
  • On Monday, the former Hog center had a less than average day and had trouble getting reach blocks on Will Sutton and Deandre Coleman in run drills.  Swanson missed what looked like a fairly easy second level block on a MLB in the scrimmage portion.

Combine Notes

**Combine measurements

  • 40 yard dash - 5.28 seconds
  • Bench Press - 20 reps
  • Vertical Jump - 26"
  • Broad Jump - 7'11"
  • 3 Cone Drill - 7.73 seconds
  • 20 yard shuttle - 4.65 seconds

**Arm/Hand Measurements

  • Arm length - 33 1/8"
  • Hand size - 10"

Pros

  • Bends well enough to play with leverage
  • Good technique in pass pro with flat back and head back
  • Climbs smoothly to the 2nd level
  • Good awareness snapping ball early when detecting offsides
  • Good initial foot quickness after the snap
  • More of a physical player than a finesse player
  • Strong enough against bull rushers

Cons

  • Doesn't always show good body control when trying to execute 2nd level block
  • Ends up on ground more than you like in run game
  • Better straight line athlete than laterally agile
  • Doesn't generate much power at the point of attack
  • Average length - catches rather than punches
  • Can pull, but not as quick around the corner as you would expect

Report

Swanson started all 50 games during his time at Arkansas and was named 2nd Team All-SEC this year.  He has good size for a center and can hold his ground against bull rushers and power at nose tackle. 
 
Swanson is pretty fluid moving forward or at angles, but he isn't as agile when moving laterally and sometimes running backs have to wait on him to get around the corner when he is called on to pull.  He doesn't appear to have much arm length, but he still does a good job of keeping his hands inside for the most.  He's savvy and quick to snap the ball if he sees an opponent offsides.
 
Swanson is an above average run blocker for his position and has enough functional strength that teams with 3-4 heavy defenses in their division may prioritize him over some other teams.  There isn't really anything about Swanson that jumps off the field at me, but by the same token, I don't see any glaring flaws that overly concern me on the next level either.  Swanson is good enough in space and can hold up in a power scheme.