Draft Profile: Ryan Switzer
Meet Ryan Switzer
The Dallas Cowboys picked wide receiver Ryan Switzer out of North Carolina with their fourth round (No. 133 overall) selection on Friday. Find out more about him below:
Height, Weight: 5’10 181 lbs
Rankings: CBSSports.com had Swizter ranked as the 180th overall player in the draft, and the 24th best wide receiver.
The skinny: Ryan Switzer was a steal for the Cowboys here in the fourth round. Dallas needed to add another playmaker to the offense, and Switzer will be able to come in and make an immediate impact there. He will also likely make a huge impact in the return game. Switzer is on the smaller side, but so are Cole Beasley and Julian Edleman.
What Cowboys are getting: The Cowboys are getting not only one of the most exciting and dynamic receivers in the entire draft, but also arguably the best kick/punt return guy as well.
"I'm the best returner in the draft,' he says. 'I think Dallas knew that.'
Switzer is slippery in coverage and has reliable hands and incredibly quick feet. He gets good separation due to his speed and quickness, and is great on short slants, drags, comebacks and option routes.
As a pass catcher at North Carolina, Switzer was a target monster, amassing 96 catches for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns in just his senior campaign. In his career, he brought in 243 receptions for 2903 yards and 19 touchdowns.
In the return game, Switzer was an even more impressive guy. In 99 punt return attempts Switzer averaged 10.9 per return, and had seven career return TDs. He probably would have had quite a few more, but after five TDs in his freshman campaign, teams just stopped taking chances in kicking him the ball.
He is so shifty and quick in the open field, that when he gets a running start on the coverage team, it is extremely difficulty to get hands on him.
The Cowboys will also be able to take advantage of his game breaking ability by using him on jet sweeps, as well as in the screen game, much in the vein of Lucky Whitehead. ... who might be in job danger here.
Switzer is likely already a better offensive weapon for the Cowboys than Whitehead or even Brice Butler is right now, so it’s reasonable to expect him to make an immediate impact from the get-go.
Grades: CBSSports.com gives the Cowboys a solid B+ for the pick of Switzer.
Galatzan’s Take: Switzer is a great pick for the Cowboys here in the fourth round. He brings a lot of playmaking ability and reliability to a wide receiver room that has been inconsistent in both aspects over the last couple of years. If the Cowboys go to a four wide set, and put Switzer on the field with Dez, Beasley, and Terrance Williams, opposing defenses are going to be in major trouble.
I’m also very excited to see what he could do in the return game. Dallas has been decent there in years past, but Swtizer should bring an entirely new dynamic to that position.
And then there is this: Ryan Switzer on his "Believe" tattoo inside lip: "It's what I live by. And it's a place at the time where my mom wouldn't be able to see it.''
Overall Grade: A-