Former College Basketball Player Erik Swoope Impresses at Colts’ Rookie Minicamp
Some of the best receivers in recent memory, including tight ends Jimmy Graham, Antonio Gates, and Tony Gonzalez and wideouts Terrell Owens and Vincent Jackson, all have one thing in common: they played basketball in college.
The Indianapolis Colts believe they have found the next great basketball player turned pass catcher in Erik Swoope, an undrafted tight end who played basketball at Miami. Swoope is still behind the players listed at the top of this article when they entered the pros: unlike most of those players, Swoope has never played a down of organized football in his life.
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano made the following statement after witnessing Swoope’s performance at the team’s rookie minicamp:
Swoope does possess most of the physical tools he will need to succeed in the NFL. He runs the 40 yard dash in the 4.6 to 4.7 second range. His 35” vertical jump was second-best among tight ends at this year’s combine. He has the height he will need at 6’ 5”, but at just 220 lbs. he will need to put on 20 or 30 more pounds to play tight end.
Indy already has established starters at the tight end position in Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener, so if Swoope does make the final roster, he will likely see the field only as a special teams contributor. But if he can manage to develop into the next Jimmy Graham, he will be catching passes from Andrew Luck very soon.
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