Ryan Swope: Aggies WR Will Shoot Up Draft Boards After Dominant Performance

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistNovember 11, 2012

DALLAS, TX - SEPTEMBER 15:  Ryan Swope #25 of the Texas A&M Aggies runs for a touchdown against the Southern Methodist Mustangs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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NFL scouts, meet Ryan Swope. Ryan Swope, meet NFL scouts.

Johnny Manziel may be the trending name for the Texas A&M Aggies after their stunning upset victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide, but it was Swope who established himself as a legitimate NFL prospect.

The 6'1", 205 pound wideout has been a cog in the Aggies offense for three years now, but his 11 catch, 111-yard performance against the vaunted Tide defense has to be the biggest game in his career, from a significance standpoint.

Every time Manziel desperately needed a receiver to come through in the clutch, it was Swope that came through for him. For a young quarterback playing the biggest game of his life, he couldn't have been more valuable to his team.

Time and time again Swope went over the middle against a physical secondary and came down with the ball.

It's one thing to have the intangibles like toughness and leadership that Swope showed against Alabama, but the production is there, too.

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As a sophomore, Swope had 825 yards and four touchdowns. As a junior, Swope put up an impressive 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns from Ryan Tannehill in Mike Sherman's pro-style offense.

This season, Swope hasn't slowed down. Despite seeing SEC defenses on a weekly basis, breaking in a new quarterback and seeing a drastic change in offensive philosophy, Swope has still put up great production. Through 10 games he has 45 receptions for 641 yards and five touchdowns.

While he isn't leading the Aggies in receiving, he is the team's most clutch receiver. He has three straight 100-yard receiving games and recorded double-digit receptions against both LSU and Alabama.

With experience in a variety of offenses and with multiple quarterbacks, Swope has the kind of resume that scouts should covet. If Swope can continue to play his best games when the spotlight shines brightest, he could be a popular name when April's draft rolls around.


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