High Motor Prospect

Bill Swancutt may be the easiest draft choice one coach makes this weekend. While it is still a mystery who that coach may be, the selection of Swancutt is just so easy to justify. He has posted double-digit sacks in each of the last three seasons, and is a high-energy player who never quits on a play.

"I think I'm a high-motor type of guy who produces big numbers as far as sacks," Swancutt said. "I'm consistent, always getting to the ball, dependable type of guy."

Players who fit the above description are rare finds in the draft, and accordingly many teams have already shown interest in Swancutt.

"Shoot, I've talked to quite a few teams," admits Swancutt. "Dallas. San Diego. Detroit. Carolina. Minnesota. Giants."

Having stayed out of trouble, and instead in opponent's backfields, is now paying off for Swancutt. Teams know what kind of player he is and what kind of effort he will bring, and so need only to worry about preparing him for the physical adjustments to the pro game.

"Every level you go up, the competition is bigger, stronger, faster," says Swancutt. "That's what I'm preparing for, getting bigger, stronger and faster."

Swancutt has been a consistent and dependable playmaker, and so is deemed a safe pick for whoever selects him this weekend. It is interesting, in that the term safe pick has almost become derogatory, with the cliché "low-risk, low-reward" coming to mind. Swancutt, though, is the exception to the rule. He comes with low risk, yet ample reward.

"A lot of teams are impressed with the type of player I am," Swancutt said. "That I'm a high-motor type player that always gets to the ball and never has any lulls or takes plays off."

It also helps that he has been coached by not one, but two men with NFL head coaching experience on their resumes. Swancutt was originally recruited to Oregon State by Dennis Erickson, former coach of the 49ers, and ended up also playing under Mike Riley, former coach of the Chargers.

In addition to being coached by former minds of the NFL, he was able to compete against future NFL opponents as well. His most worthy opponent was Khalif Barnes. Although the two did not face one another last year due to a timely injury suffered by Barnes, Swancutt still recalls their last encounter.

"Yeah, I got past him," brags Swancutt.

The two now train together at Athletes Performance in Tempe, as they prepare themselves for life in the NFL. And Swancutt prepares for the NFL, future opposing linemen had best prepare for him as well. Because while he is no doubt a safe draft pick, he is the kind of opponent who is very dangerous to play against.

Michael Lombardo can be reached at Lombardo@SanDiegoSports.net

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