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D.J. Swearinger: 5 Things You Need to Know About the South Carolina FS

James AdkinsCorrespondent IINovember 1, 2016

D.J. Swearinger: 5 Things You Need to Know About the South Carolina FS

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    Next season's SEC wide receivers will be happy that they don't have to contend with the hard-hitting D.J. Swearinger.

    His reputation as an enforcer over the middle was built upon four solid seasons for the South Carolina Gamecocks. A probable second-day selection, this future NFL safety has an aggressive nature to go with his relentless motor. He will undoubtedly bring another level of toughness to whichever team selects him.

    Here are five things you should know about Swearinger. 

Background

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    Full Name: Dayario Jamal Swearinger

    Hometown: Greenwood, SC

    High School: Greenwood HS

    Major: Retailing

    Year: Senior

Statistics

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    Season G Tackles TFL Sacks Ints
    2009 10 19 0 0 0
    2010 14 66 2 0 1
    2011 13 80 1.5 0 3
    2012 12 79 3 0 2

     

    Statistics courtesy of sports-reference.com.

Draft Process

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    Measurements

    Height: 5'10"

    Weight: 208 lbs.

    Arm Length: 32.375"

    Hand Size: 9.5"

     

    Combine Results

    40-Yard Dash: 4.67

    Bench Press: 17 reps at 225 lbs.

    Vertical Jump: 37.0"

    Three-Cone Drill: 6.70

    20-Yard Shuttle: 4.11

     

    Pro Day Results

    40-Yard Dash: 4.65

    20-Yard Dash: 2.68

     

    Measurements and combine results courtesy of NFL.com.

    Pro day results courtesy of nfldraftscout.com.

Interesting Facts

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    A native of South Carolina, Swearinger originally committed to Tennessee, but decommitted when former coach Phillip Fulmer resigned.

    ESPN currently has him ranked fourth among draft-eligible safeties (subscription required).

    Coming out of high school, Swearinger was ranked 20th in the nation among safeties and 14th in the state (per Rivals.com).

    He played quarterback, wide receiver and safety as a high school senior.

Observations

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    Swearinger is a very active Twitter user, including several tweets of the highlight video on this slide.

    According to NFL Network's Mike Mayock, Swearinger is a draft "riser" and certain second-round pick.

    In an interview with Garrett Downing of BaltimoreRavens.com, Swearinger said he models his game after Ray Lewis as well as Ed Reed.

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