Green Bay Packers NFL Draft prospect profile: S D.J. Swearinger
5-10, 208 pounds
Hometown: Greenwood, SC
Vertical: 37 inches
40 time: 4.67
225-pound bench: 17 reps
Broad jump: 124 inches
3-cone drill: 6.7 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.11 seconds
News and Notes:
Hard-hitting three-year starter and captain of the South Carolina defense. … Played every position in the secondary while at South Carolina. … Totaled 80 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass breakups his senior season. … Blitzes off the edge. … Suspended for one game in 2012 after drilling a defenseless receiver. … Says he models his game after Ed Reed and Ray Lewis. … Gets a lot of praise for being a team leader. … Reputation as one of the hardest-hitting players in college football.
What they’re saying about him:
- National Football Post: “The game is not too big for him and he should be able to translate immediately at the NFL level. Worst case scenario is he is a solid special teamer and adds quality depth to a defensive backfield. He could work his way to being a starter but don’t expect him to be a difference maker but more a strong piece to the puzzle that doesn’t make the big error. Overall Swearinger is a great pick up in the 4th round and should have a long NFL career for some team.”
- DraftInsider.net: “Underrated safety with a complete game. Tough run defender that also displays outstanding ball skills. Size and speed may be questioned.”
- Appears to have no fear about sticking his nose in the middle of the action and taking on offensive lineman and fullbacks that are almost twice his size.
- He looks bigger than 5-10, 208 pounds to me…
- Check out the play at about the 1:30 point of the video. Swearinger needs to get off that block from the WR and make a play.
- Puruse the ball well and makes a good, solid tackle when he has to.
- Attacks the ballcarrier violently. Fights and claws and does whatever is necessary to bring the ballcarrier down.
- Looks capable in pass coverage. I’d rather not see him covering NFL WRs, but he should hold his own against TEs.
- Didn’t see any plays on this clip that made my jaw drop over his range as a safety.
If drafted by the Packers:
Is Swearinger another version of Jerron McMillian? McMillian is more of a run-stopping safety and that’s what Swearinger appears to be. Both players are also about the same size.
If the Packers want more toughness on defense, Swearinger would help. He’s not afraid to attack ballcarriers, deliver a big hit on a WR, or torpedo himself into a pile of offensive linemen that are much bigger and stronger than he is.
The Packers have been searching for the next Nick Collins ever since Collins’ career came to an end. I don’t think Swearinger is the next Collins — his range appears to be nothing like Collins’ — but I see a productive NFL career for Swearinger.
He’s probably not a first-rounder, but if the Packers land Swearinger on the draft’s second day, I’d nod my head in agreement with the selection.
Swearinger is also an awesome last name and I would enjoy making Deadwood references on Twitter whenever Swearinger made a play.——————
Adam Czech is a a freelance sports reporter living in the Twin Cities and a proud supporter of American corn farmers. When not working, Adam is usually writing about, thinking about or worrying about the Packers. Follow Adam on Twitter. Twitter .