Ryan Swope to Cardinals: How Does WR Fit with Arizona?

Shaun ChurchContributor IApril 27, 2013

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 10:  Wide receiver Ryan Swope #25 of the Texas A&M Aggies celebrates with the fans after the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  The Aggies beat the Crimson Tide 29-24.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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With the 174th pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Arizona Cardinals have selected former Texas A&M wide receiver Ryan Swope.

How does this speedy receiver fit in with what the Cardinals want to do offensively?

For months, all we heard from head coach Bruce Arians is that he wanted a “4.2 guy” to stretch the field. Swope is technically not a 4.2 guy, but he did run an exceptional 4.34 40-yard dash at the combine.

Swope was very productive while at Texas A&M, notching 252 receptions for 3,117 yards and 24 touchdowns. Over his last three seasons at College Station, he averaged 78 receptions for 982 yards and almost eight touchdowns per season.

You cannot ask for more consistent production over a college career. He played in 49 games as an Aggie despite a history of concussions in college.

As a member of Arians’ offense, Swope will serve as the true deep threat it needs to be a successful downfield passing offense. He can blow the cover off defenses with his deceptive speed—deceptive because he does not look as fast as he is.

Early on, he could serve as the No. 4 receiver and play the slot as well as anyone in the NFC West. He can run an entire route tree though, so do not expect only deep routes from him.

Swope is good after the catch, so receiver screens and reverses will be in order.

This receiving corps of Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Roberts, Michael Floyd and tight end Rob Housler—and now add Swope to that mix—is chock-full of great athletes who possess good hands and good after-the-catch ability.

With Carson Palmer delivering passes and rookie Jonathan Cooper providing some much-needed interior stability along the line, the passing game in Arizona could be soaring in 2013 and beyond.

Same deal as the other rookies, head over to Twitter and follow him. He’s ready for something special in the Valley. You should be, too.