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D.J. Swearinger | Safety

Team: South Carolina Gamecocks
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 210

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Texans selected South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger with the No. 57 overall pick.
Swearinger (5-11, 208) recorded six interceptions as a 33-game starter, seeing extensive time at strong safety, free safety, slot corner, and even outside. He's a "splash" hitter who plays with aggression and a mean streak. Swearinger was available this late only because he ran 4.67 at the Combine, despite excelling in the ten-yard split (1.57), vertical (37"), and broad jump (10-foot-4). Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranked Swearinger as the No. 3 safety in this class, behind only Jonathan Cyprien and Kenny Vaccaro. With the South Carolina product likely playing closer to the line of scrimmage, Ed Reed will roam the deep half. Swearinger can also cover tight ends. Fri, Apr 26, 2013 08:18:00 PM

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NFL Network's Mike Mayock says South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger won't get out of the second-round.

Mayock said Swearinger is a draft riser, and that he "really likes" his aggressiveness, which is "phenomenal." He added that he likes him at strong safety. Swearinger has been one of our favorites as well because of his versatility.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 07:18:00 PM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell writes South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger transitions "very well" to the NFL because of his positional versatility.

"He has significant experience at safety, both deep and in the box, slot corner and outside corner," Cosell writes. "He played man-to-man against Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter both outside and in the slot, and he ran with Hunter. You know what really stood out when he played man, especially over the slot; he understood how to play to his safety help over the top. He undercut routes, taking away the throwing lane for the quarterback. That’s great awareness. I do not often see that with college defensive backs."
Tue, Apr 9, 2013 12:26:00 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline calls South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger a "very busy man" during the pre-draft process.

Swearinger has reportedly visited the Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars, and will visit the Jets soon. We consider Swearinger a top three safety in this class, but would like to see more consistency play to play rather than the splash big hits he is known for. The South Carolina product did put forth a good showing when lining up and cornerback, too.
Fri, Apr 5, 2013 04:39:00 PM

South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger disclosed he has four team visits lined up.

The four teams include the Falcons, Jets, Browns, and Jaguars. Swearinger obviously has experience at both safety spots and his best known for his jarring hits on first contact. However, he stepped into a cornerback role against Tennessee and played very well, which only adds to his versatility.
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 02:00:00 PM

South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger is one of NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah's favorites.

"He plays without brakes... always at his top speed and looking to hit someone," Jeremiah tweeted. He went on to say the safety "played possessed" against Tyler Wilson and Arkansas. We've been long time admirers of Swearinger's, respecting his willingness to set the tone in the back half.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 09:34:00 AM

South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger revealed that he met with the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots at the combine.

"I would see myself fitting right in with the Ravens," Swearinger said. "Losing their leader like Ray Lewis, I consider myself a leader first and foremost so I think I would go right in and be a defensive leader and get in well with the playbook and get right." He said that he models his intensity and game after Ravens defenders Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 06:17:00 PM

The NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah likes how South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger plays angry.

"Each game tape is filled with violence. (Not dirty either)," Jeremiah tweeted. Swearinger has been a section favorite all season long, and we believe he has a great shot to be a top-50 pick. His strong effort at cornerback will only help him.
Sun, Feb 17, 2013 03:08:00 PM

The NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah spoke to two NFL executives who praised South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger.

Jeremiah asked which safety was their favorite to watch, and both mentioned Swearinger. "They described him as an explosive hitter with good instincts," Jeremiah writes. "He is viewed as a third-round pick at this point, but he is a strong candidate to rise up draft boards." We consider Swearinger a top-50 selection.
Thu, Feb 14, 2013 08:33:00 AM

The NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah tweeted that South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger is generating "a lot of buzz in scouting circles."

Swearinger has been a section favorite for some time due to his jarring hits and versatility to play either safety spot or even cornerback. The South Carolina product is a top three player at his position, and Swearinger will likely be selected in the top-64 picks.
Tue, Feb 12, 2013 09:04:00 AM

One scout Pro Football Weekly spoke with believes "every secondary needs a lightning rod like" South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger.

"Swearinger will drop down in the box and hit you. He looks to take your head off. I love his intensity and approach... When you think of a lot of the great ones — the Ed Reeds and Brian Dawkins — they had that spark... He’ll miss some tackles that he should make, but he’s a big-time hitter." Swearinger also showed positional versatility during his time in college, lining up at cornerback and both safety spots.
Sat, Feb 9, 2013 12:22:00 PM

South Carolina senior S D.J. Swearinger broke up two passes and caused a fumble on nine tackle against Michigan.

Swearinger was sidelined for a short period of time with a minor injury, but his presence seems to be felt in almost every game. The senior is not mentioned among the likes of Kenny Vaccaro, Phillip Thomas, or Matt Elam, but it should be. We think Swearinger has a chance to work himself into the top-50 selections.
Wed, Jan 2, 2013 10:23:00 AM

South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger will attend the Senior Bowl.

A favorite of ours, Swearinger is a solid safety moving towards the line of scrimmage or in coverage in the deep half of the field. The Gamecock is not currently garnering top two round attention, but we think Swearinger will be among the risers during the process and a possible top-64 pick.
Wed, Dec 19, 2012 06:10:00 PM

South Carolina senior S D.J. Swearinger has spent time in practice at CB this week as part of a revamped Gamecoacks secondary.

Swearinger’s shift may be related to starting cornerback Jimmy Legree’s minor leg injury, but the latter hasn't played that well in recent weeks even when healthy. This appears to be a shift to a more physical secondary, as Swearinger loves to drive on the line of scrimmage and make tackles while showing plenty of ability trailing receivers.
Thu, Nov 8, 2012 10:10:00 AM

The SEC has suspended South Carolina senior S D.J. Swearinger for a hit in last week's game against UAB.

The SEC believes the hit falls under the "flagrant and dangerous act" label, which can garner punishment. Swearinger is not the first player to be suspended by the SEC since Ole Miss freshman S Trae Elston missed last week's game due to a hit against UTEP. Swearinger will miss Saturday's game against Missouri, which is a significant loss for the Gamecocks defense.
Mon, Sep 17, 2012 12:22:00 PM