Former Texas tight end hopes to catch on … again
By Steve Lansdale
IRVING, Texas — When the NFL Draft rolls around every spring, many of the players teams will select are easy to identify: the quarterbacks and running backs who put up thousands of yards and enough touchdowns to claim all-conference honors and perhaps make a run at postseason awards, the offensive linemen who combine the size of a redwood tree with the long arms and mobility of a dancer, or the pass rusher who has the burst to shoot into the backfield so quickly it appears he just might intercept a shotgun snap.
Draft choices often — but not always — tend to follow college production. Because of that, more than a few eyebrows were raised when the Dallas Cowboys, who had made their final selection in the 2015 draft, traded a future draft pick to the San Francisco 49ers in order to get an additional seventh-round pick, with which they selected Texas tight end Geoff Swaim. It is not uncommon for NFL teams to notice a 6-foot-4-inch, 250-pound tight end who is considered an above-average blocker and whose athleticism merits an invitation to the NFL Combine; Swaim fits that description.
However, to trade for the chance to select a tight end who caught all of 13 passes for a total of 84 yards and a touchdown over a two-year college career (Swaim arrived at UT after transferring from Butte College in California) is anything but common. But that’s exactly what the Cowboys did, and Swaim