The NFL Draft begins on Thursday. With the success Navy has had on the field over the last few seasons it makes sense that more Mids are considered as worthy of drafting compared to seasons past. This is even more likely given that NFL squads saw how Joe Cardona was able to be drafted by and sign for the New England Patriots last spring. Last week we looked at the draft prospects of Keenan Reynolds. Today is it the turn of a powerful Navy fullback.
PRO DAY RESULTS
40-yard dash: 4.63 seconds
Vertical: 30 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet 2 inches
Bench: 23 reps of 225 pounds
Chris Swain is really an intriguing prospect at the pro level. The trend has been against big, every down power backs and toward situational guys who can do a little bit of anything. Swain though will definitely get a once over from NFL teams for his sheer size alone. The 6-feet-1, almost 250-pounder proved at the academy he is a workhorse, but is there a place in the league for a player with a little bit of a throwback skill set?
The official NFL.com draft guide notes how Swain set career highs in yards (1,023) and touchdowns (10) as a senior. His strengths include his ability to drop his pad level and win the collision, his functional and late movement in the hole to pick up extra yards and his spirit and blocking ability to produce as a fullback at the professional level.
Under the weaknesses section the same site looks at how Swain has never been trained as a true lead blocker, so despite the fact his stomach for blocking is good, his technique will have to be refined. He will also have to work to improve as a pass blocker (something not needed at Navy), at being the low man in second level collisions, and (perhaps most importantly) he only had two catches during his entire career at Navy.
To his credit Swain knows what he has to improve on.
“I need to show that I can be able to line up deep as a running back and also lead block as a fullback in the pro-style offense,” Swain said. “Mainly they’re looking at me to be able to catch out of the backfield and be able to move in open space.”
Swain will have to show that he can produce in various roles if he is to make an NFL roster. He may sneak onto a team at the tail end of the draft and at very worst he will be a priority undrafted free agent. If Swain can show an ability to block and produce on special teams, thus maximizing his roster value, then Swain will have a shot.