If you aren’t a fan of drafting a running back in the first round like myself, you might not like this. But ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. thinks De’Andre Swift is a possibility with the 14th overall pick.
In a media conference call, Zach Klein from ABC Atlanta asked if De’Andre Swift was the number one running back, and what separates him from the field.
Mel Kiper responded by saying, “Well I think what sets him apart is his completeness. You know he’s a runner, receiver, a blocker with ball security. In all four areas, he comes out on top. He’s ahead of J.K. Dobbins and Jonathan Taylor…His completeness is intriguing for Tampa Bay at 14 or Miami when you look at 18 or 26. If he doesn’t go to Tampa or Miami, what other team is going to prioritize running back. Swift is one of the best players in this draft, on my big board he’s at 17, but most teams are well fortified at that position.”
It’s interesting that Kiper doesn’t think many teams would prioritize running back. With more front offices embracing analytics, maybe franchises are realizing it’s not a smart move.
If this is the case, the Buccaneers may be able to wait until the 2nd or 3rd round and get a talented back for Tom Brady, a position he has relied upon in the past.