Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 6/174 - Ryan Swope, WR, 6-0, 204, Texas A&M ... He adds speed to the wide receiver group. He was timed in the 40 in 4.34 seconds at the scouting combine. But he has a history of concussions, and that caused him to fall in the draft. The Cardinals were looking to add speed to the position. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 6/174 - Ryan Swope, WR, 6-0, 204, Texas A&M ... He adds speed to the wide receiver group. He was timed in the 40 in 4.34 seconds at the scouting combine. But he has a history of concussions, and that caused him to fall in the draft. The Cardinals were looking to add speed to the position. - The Sports Xchange
03/16/13 - 2013 Texas A&M Pro Day: Ryan Swope, WR (6 1/4, 203) - Swope - who grabbed a lot of attention for running a 4.34-second 40 in Indy - stood on his numbers from the combine. Former Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson - the Aggies’ starter before Ryan Tannehill emerged as starter - threw passes to Swope, who looked good in the workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/11/13 - 2013 Texas A&M Pro Day: Another player who drew a lot of attention was receiver Ryan Swope. The former running back turned heads when he tied for the second-fastest 40-yard dash time at the combine with a 4.34.
Sumlin said several scouts commented on Swope's size because they expected him to be smaller. Swope is 6-foot and 205 pounds. Swope, who is projected to be a third-round pick, was second on the team last season with 72 receptions for 913 yards and eight touchdowns. ''You can see on tape his toughness and love of the game, but really just getting to see him in person and see his athleticism was impressive,'' Allen said. - AP Sports
03/11/13 - 2013 Texas A&M Pro Day: Swope, who tied for the second-fastest 40 at the combine with a 4.34, said he wasn't surprised to post such a fast time. "My goal was to be fast and compete. I wanted to set the standard high," he said. Sumlin said he was impressed with the Aggies' all-time receiving leader and that his combine workout really helped his NFL standing. "His workout today probably helped him a little more," Sumlin said. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/28/13 - In four years at Texas A&M, Ryan Swope caught 252 passes for 3,117 yards and 24 touchdowns. That included 161 catches for 2120 yards and 19 touchdowns during his junior and senior seasons. Still, Swope headed into the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine as something of an afterthought: a productive college player, more product of the system than playmaker. And maybe those judge-a-book-by-its-cover assessments had something to do with Swope being white. Because after he busted out a 4.34 40 at the combine people suddenly started to re-evaluate the type of NFL player he could be.
During an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, Swope said what a lot of folks were thinking. “I think a lot of people were pretty shocked. You don't see that every day, a white guy running a 4.3,” he said, via PFT.
So in much the same way people too lazy to put any real thought into such things would often compare Robert Griffin III to every athletic black quarterback (sorry, Byron) that came before him, Swope has already had to endure the predictable comparisons to other white receivers. “I've been compared to (Wes) Welker,” he admitted. “I think that's a huge compliment because Welker's a great football player. … But I think people decide to make a white and white comparison.” - Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com