Auburn, Ala.--Although he didn’t put up big numbers during his two seasons of college football for the Auburn Tigers, defensive tackle Maurice Swain has not given up on his goal of playing in the NFL.
Since his senior season ended he has been preparing to show scouts what he can do and on Friday he had that opportunity at Auburn’s annual Pro Day.
“I think I did pretty good,” said Swain, who measured in at six-feet, five inches tall and 329 pounds.
“I worked hard staying here and training with Coach (Ryan) Russell,” he said of AU’s strength and conditioning coach. “I feel like I showed the scouts what I needed to show them.
“I wanted to show them that I?am a big guy who can really move and I?think I showed them that,” he added.
Swain ran a time of 5.15 seconds in the 40-yard dash and did 27 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press. He also did defensive line drills with an NFL scout. “It was a good workout,” he said. “I am going to work on getting my weight down some more, but I think I ran well for my weight.”
Swain transferred to Auburn from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He played in 26 games for the Tigers and made one start. Primarily a run-stopper, he finished with 22 tackles and had four pass deflections and four quarterback hurries.
“I have talked to a couple of pro scouts who told me that they will be getting in touch with me,” he said. “The only thing I can do now is wait on that and keep on working.”
Asked about the possibility of making an NFL?roster, Swain said, “It would be a dream come true. That is what I have been working for and I think I am prepared well. I did two years of juco and two years here.”