While teams are busy preparing for the outstanding preseason, players selected in the 2020 NFL Draft put pen to paper and sign their rookie contracts. Some of the big names the stars have already agreed on, while others remain unsigned.
On Saturday, one of the star who backs in the draft joined his new team.
Former Georgia running back Andrew Swift tweeted a picture of himself signing his deal with the Detroit Lions. The caption read: “Thank God! Officially apart from @Lions #BeyondBlessed #SayNoMore. “
Swift was taken in the second round with the largest number of 35 by the Lions.
Swift was impressive during his time in Athens. He rushed for 2,885 yards and 20 touchdowns during his three-year term. He made the SEC All-Freshman team in 2017 and was an All-SEC selection as a junior.
Last season Swift showed her best work. He rushed for 1,218 yards and seven touchdowns while leading Georgia to the SEC Championship Game. Swift also took 24 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown.
His best game was an event against Kentucky. In heavy rain Swift lifted the Bulldogs to victory with 179 yards on 21 carries. He got two touchdowns and averaged 8.5 yards per carry. Swift also had some striking moments against Texas A&M and Notre Dame. His leadership led Georgia’s head coach Kirby Smart to praise his high character.
“I definitely think D’Andre did an incredible job in the locker room to command respect and wanted the ball, especially at big moments in games,” Smart said. “I go back to Notre Dame, I go back to Texas A&M, where there were many tight ball games that he could get us conversions and create open opportunities and explosive gigs.”
Many draft evaluators fell in love with Swift’s skill set. As a result, he made comparisons to some of the NFL’s best backs. Junior confirmed these claims with back-to-back 1000 seasons.
His production led to a strong backing from the New York Giants Saquon Barkley. Both players have a good relationship and Barkley believes Swift has top-10 talent.
“He can do anything,” Barkley told ESPN 2018. “He can catch it off the field. He’s strong, he’s powerful, he has momentum.”
According to NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein, Swift’s greatest strength is his ability to understand blocking schemes. His vision and balance through the hole help create gaming opportunities in space.
Zierlein compared Swift to the NFL veteran Frank Gore. He rated Swift 6.78 as a “Year 1 Quality Starter.” Zierlein believes that Swift can challenge for top NFL awards as a rookie.
“Swift has the playing qualities and running style of a skilled NFL veteran and is the latest in a snow shell of talented Georgia backs,” Zierlein said. “Pace and determination are his calling cards, which makes him a very talented inside / outside zone runner.”
“He is a cerebral runner who understands block timing and uses rapid agility and rare spatial awareness to read and respond to defenses beyond the second level. Swift is not too explosive as a homegrown hitter and does not run with the violence from last year’s top running back, Josh Jacobs. He can step in and provide early stability and production as an effective, all-down back with Offensive Rookie of the Year potential. “
247Sports Jaylon Thompson contributed to this story