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Ryan Swope's draft stock is hard to gauge—as it is for nearly any player expected to go on the second day, but it's not likely teams will find him in the fifth round. If the Vikings are in that position, they should pounce.
Swope might fall a little due to Combine results; he's not the fastest or the strongest player on the field. His statistics with A&M don't pop off the page either. With seven touchdowns and 809 yards, he's hardly been putting up elite numbers.
It just so happens, however, that his best games were against the toughest opponents, including an 11-reception, 111-yard performance against Dee Milliner and Alabama. As the number one receiver for Tannehill the year earlier, many expected Swope to excel, but a dropoff from 1207 yards to 809 is disappointing.
Nevertheless, he's worth a look because of his incredible quickness, especially at the breaks. While his straight line speed is usually not the fastest on the field, he can get in and out of breaks with surprising agility and develop separation from cornerbacks before they know what happened.
He's dangerous after the catch, too, and can take a screen pass to the house as well as anybody—something the Vikings well know the value of.
While Swope won't necessarily stretch the field vertically with elite speed, he can be a big difference maker for a team lacking receivers who can get open on a consistent basis. The young Aggie could certainly improve the offense, even if it's through gains of 15-20 yards instead of gains of 30 yards.
Even then, he's not restricted—once he learns more sophisticated technique, he should be able to shake cornerbacks in spite of his slightly better-than-average speed on deep routes. He's coming underrated out of the draft, and will likely (unfairly) fall further after the Combine.