Sleeping on Swain

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“FIRST DOWN FREDDIE SWAIN” Can’t you hear Merrill’s voice?

Well, this kid out of Florida University could be the potential late-round sleeper that Carson Wentz needs for this offense to become dynamic again. In a way, Freddie reminds me of Wes Welker (who went undrafted) because of how slippery and shifty he is on film. He has the break-away speed to blow past the secondary and adjusts very well to the ball in the air. The issues seem to be that he isn’t a good route runner and hasn’t made many contested catches. Let us take a look.

Freddie only made 10 starts in the 47 games played at Florida with just 30 catches coming into his senior year. He was primarily a return man ranking 19th in the nation in 2018. In 2019, his senior season, he finished with career highs in receptions (38), yards (517), and touchdowns (7). Freddie ended his college career with 1,387 all-purpose yards and an invitation to East-West Shrine Bowl.

The risk reward here is a no brainer in my eyes even if you snag him as an undrafted free agent. The best-case scenario would be that Swain becomes the starting slot receiver with a ton of speed to also stretch the field vertically. The worst-case scenario would be that Swain is a gunner on special teams that can also return punts and kicks. Frankly, I don’t see much of a downside to making Freddie Swain a Philadelphia Eagle.

Freddy Burns
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