Colts Prospect: Josh Swogger

Swogger was on the fast-track to the NFL until foot surgery cost him the starting job at Washington State; so he re-created himself in Montana and is drawing serious interest from many teams - including the Colts.

Josh Swogger QB Montana

The numbers: 6044/237/5.12

2006 stats: 356-193-2659-17-12 passing, 89-41-0 rushing, 1 tackle

The player: If you're hoping for an athletic hot wheels type quarterback prospect who can run the scout team and potentially help out at other positions, keep looking. Swogger is just about the drop-backingest quarterback prospect you'll see this year.

(Washington State Athletics)


It all begins with his magnificent arm. Swogger has rare arm strength and mechanics and can make all the throws. He displays good timing on his throws and consistently gets it up where only his man can get to it. The arm is attached to a big frame that houses a quality heart and brain. Coaches and scouts rave about Swogger's intelligence, determination and leadership skills. While he showed great skills, but also a tendency to lock onto one receiver, reveal his intentions by staring down his intended target and trusting too much in his ability to throw into heavy coverage. He doesn't have any ability to create anything with his legs and may be too heavy-footed to avoid the rush in the NFL.

Swogger often looked masterful in leading his Grizzlies to a 12-1 record in 2006. But it was the Divison I-AA Grizzlies and they were demolished 41-7 when they faced Iowa, the big-name school they faced. But Swogger did face much better competition. He started as a sophomore at Washington State, putting up respectable numbers, despite playing some games with a broken foot. When he was slow to respond to surgery, the Cougars gave the starting job to Alex Brink, and Swogger transfered to Montana.

Reminds me of: Craig Nall, who transfered from LSU to Northwestern State to avoid Rohan Davey and Josh Booty, and was a fifth-round pick for the Packers. He was seen as the heir apparent there until Aaron Rodgers arrived. He signed with Buffalo in 2006 and was offered a chance a the starting job until a hamstring took him out of the competition.

How he fits: Since Peyton Manning has missed just one play due to injury in the NFL career, the Colts have not invested heavily in back-ups. Instead, they tend toward smart, confident passers who won't try to change the offense to suit their skills. Swogger fits that description and could well be available at the end of the draft or just after it.

Scout.com's Ed Thompson learned during a recent phone conversation with Swogger that the Colts have made a number of inquiries lately about him to the school's training and coaching staff. And according to Swogger, the team had a scout at his Pro Day workouts as well. Watch for Ed's interview with Swogger that will be published this week at ColtPower and across the Scout.com network.


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