D’Andre Swift was selected by the Detroit Lions with the third pick of the second round, and afterward ESPN showed video of his absolutely yoked dad, Darren Swift. Latest on Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift including news, stats, videos, highlights and more on ESPN Latest on Georgia Bulldogs running back D'Andre Swift including news, stats, videos, highlights and more on ESPN Rushing & Receiving Table; Rushing Receiving Scrimmage; Year School Conf Class Pos G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD *2017 Georgia: SEC: FR: RB: 15: 81: 618: 7.6: 3: 17: 153: 9.0 Latest on Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift including latest news on ESPN (0:59)But the fact that Swift -- a running back coming multiple NFL generations later -- said Sanders' game had resonated with him was a mark of recognition for the Lions legend.

Swift was terrific in Georgia's pro-style offense, producing as both a rusher (440 carries) and receiver (73 receptions) during his three seasons. Sanders was the first person who came to mind for Swift when he found out he was picked by Detroit last month.Swift called Sanders his “favorite back of all time.” And at the time of his selection, Sanders, But he was able to take things from Sanders’ game and incorporate them into his own.“Everyone would always talk about him,” Swift said. Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer It looked, for a moment at least, like a luxury 2020 NFL draft pick. So, what do they think of D'Andre Swift? And Sanders has watched a bit of Swift too.

So he proved himself in college. “He’s one of the top running backs in college this year and the kid knows how to get yards.“So it’ll be, ‘Hey look, will that translate and can that transfer to this level?’ So I’m hopeful.” The pros? Former Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders recalls how watching Tony Dorsett helped shape his game. The Detroit Lions had glaring needs when the club took Georgia running back D'Andre Swift …

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Will he come in and distinguish himself as the guy?“I don’t know what their thinking is as far as that, but just as far as the talent, he’s right up there with the kid from Wisconsin, D'Andre Swift was a feature back in a crowded backfield at Georgia.Swift did it over and over again in college, gaining 2,885 career rushing yards with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and 17 career rushing touchdowns. Georgia retakes the lead over Alabama on D'Andre Swift's 9-yard TD plunge Carmen Mandato/Getty Images “There’s going to be competition in that running back room,” Quinn said after the draft. D'Andre Swift was a feature back in a crowded backfield at Georgia.

“We’ve got some pretty good running backs already. I never saw Jim Brown play, but obviously that’s all you hear about is Jim Brown, you know, and there’s plenty of footage out there.“It’s kind of neat to be in a situation that we would pick someone that I had already retired when he came along, I think that’s a great compliment.”It’s also the acknowledgment that time has passed and it’s been over 20 years since Sanders last played for the Lions. Learn about D'Andre Swift and other recruit player profiles on RecruitingNation.com. As I got older, I tried to emulate my game to be like his in any way possible. Kerryon Johnson calls Swift 'lightning in a bottle'Barry Sanders likes what he sees from Lions rookie D'Andre SwiftHow D'Andre Swift could alter the Lions' running back rotation by committeeDetroit Lions' 2020 NFL draft analysis for every pickKiper's final NFL Mock Draft: Where I see Tagovailoa, Herbert, Love landingKiper answers 30 last-minute NFL draft questions: Trades, sleepers and moreKiper's 2020 NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Two rounds of picks and some QB chaos10 NFL draft prospects who are perfect for today's game, plus their pro compsKiper's NFL draft mailbag: Answering your questions on Tua, Miami and moreLions taking D'Andre Swift isn't ideal for fantasy managersD'Andre Swift compares his game to All-Pro Christian McCaffrey Latest on Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift including latest news on ESPN “I never saw Gale Sayers play, but I saw plenty of his footage and heard his name a ton. Latest on Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift including news, stats, videos, highlights and more on ESPN It also made him think back to his own introduction into the league in 1989 and the backs he barely saw but looked up to.“I think back to the way I thought about Gale Sayers,” Sanders told ESPN. I just love watching him.”When Swift was born on Jan. 14, 1999, Sanders had played his final game a little less than three weeks earlier, a 19-10 loss to Baltimore where he gained 41 yards on 19 carries to finish up a 1,491-yard season.But the power of highlights and the internet made it possible for Swift to study Sanders.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer The Detroit Lions added another player to their SEC-heavy backfield Friday in the 2020 NFL draft, selecting D'Andre Swift out … ESPN's latest article places percentages on the chances that upcoming NFL draft picks will become NFL Pro Bowlers. Kerryon Johnson calls Swift 'lightning in a bottle'Barry Sanders likes what he sees from Lions rookie D'Andre SwiftHow D'Andre Swift could alter the Lions' running back rotation by committeeDetroit Lions' 2020 NFL draft analysis for every pickKiper's final NFL Mock Draft: Where I see Tagovailoa, Herbert, Love landingKiper answers 30 last-minute NFL draft questions: Trades, sleepers and moreKiper's NFL draft mailbag: Answering your questions on Tua, Miami and moreLions taking D'Andre Swift isn't ideal for fantasy managersD'Andre Swift compares his game to All-Pro Christian McCaffrey

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