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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06/04/13 - Although rookie wide receiver Ryan Swope was not at the Arizona Cardinals practice Monday, coach Bruce Arians declined to confirm it was due to the player's head injuries suffered in college.
"We don't have injury reports at this time of the year," Arians told Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic Monday. When pressed on whether he was concerned, Arians replied, "No, he'll be fine."
These are valid observations and concerns because Swope, a sixth-round pick, suffered four concussions in his career at Texas A&M, and last week Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald told SiriusXM Swope had missed practices.
Arians noted that the Cardinals have good talent at wide receiver, although there is a lack of experience after Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and Andre Roberts.
"When you go and watch the tape, there is a lot of speed over there, a lot of good things happening with those young guys," he said of the young receivers.
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
02/27/13 - 02/27/13 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 2. Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M ... Swope, who is the Aggies' all-time leader in career receptions with 252 grabs, doesn't look like much at 6-0 and 205 pounds, but he showcased speed during combine drills that took everyone by surprise. He finished tied for second-best time in the 40-yard dash (4.34), not only among receivers but of any position. Swope plays quick and wastes little time accelerating with the ball in his hands, but he isn't known as a speedster who will easily separate with his natural athleticism. Talking to a scout after the wide receivers workouts, he told me "you could have given me 10 guesses to who would have run a sub-4.35 40 and Swope would have never crossed my lips." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/21/13 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Monday Practice: Among the wide receivers, King and Patton stole the show but Baylor's Terrance Williams was every bit the playmaker expected. The big play specialist led the country with 140.92 receiving yards per game and showed similar body control and athleticism as his counterparts. Even better, at 6-2, 201 pounds, he's bigger. The toughest of the wide receivers, however, was Texas A&M's Ryan Swope, who Lappano specifically mentioned as having been the best of the team's blockers on the first day of practice. He followed Lappono's advice of blocking where "wind up, not where they lined up," consistently doing the quiet dirty work that helped the South's running backs chew up big yardage. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/04/13 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Ryan Swope heads into the bowl game with 244 career catches. Had the Aggies played in the SEC for all four of his years, that would be enough to hold the conference record. Although he didn't match the 1,207 yards he had a year ago, he has 44 catches over his last six games and is playing some of the best football of his career heading into his final game. - The Sports Xchange
12/08/12 - 2012 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR - Ryan Swope, Texas A&M, has been selected Second Team All-Southeastern Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Texas A&M football