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Travis Swanson | Center

Team: Arkansas Razorbacks
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/30/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 305

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Lions selected Arkansas C Travis Swanson with the No. 76 overall pick in the 2014 draft.
Swanson (6-foot-5, 312) made 50 starts for the Razorbacks, earning first-team All-American and All-SEC accolades as a senior. He struggled at the Combine, running 5.28 with a 7-foot-11 broad jump and managing 20 reps on the bench. Swanson doesn't play with power at this stage of his career, which when combined with limited athleticism makes him a long shot to develop into a reliable NFL starter. He does offer size and arm length (33 1/8") to get some looks at guard. Incumbent C Dominic Raiola is on a one-year deal. Fri, May 9, 2014 10:16:00 PM

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Arkansas C Travis Swanson struggled through a long day Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Swanson ran a middling 5.28-second 40-yard dash and lifted a troubling 20 reps on the bench, the lowest output of any offensive lineman. His 1.76-second split was a bit more encouraging, but let's be honest: Swanson probably cost himself a little money today. The former Razorback had been trying to fend off USC' Marcus Martin and Colorado State's Weston Richburg for top center prospect honors, and he may have fallen behind for good on Saturday.
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 04:51:00 PM's Bucky Brooks ranks Arkansas C Travis Swanson as the top interior OL in the 2014 class.

"Coaches love "plug and play" prospects capable of immediately making contributions as a starter," Brooks writes. "Swanson fits the bill as an experienced pivot with a polished overall game." The Razorback is followed by UCLA's Xavier Su'a-Filo, Stanford's David Yankey, Baylor's Cyril Richardson and Colorado State's Weston Richburg. We believe Clemson's Brandon Thomas, Mississippi State's Gabe Jackson and Florida's Jon Halapio belong on this list.
Mon, Feb 10, 2014 11:44:00 AM

Arkansas' Travis Swanson and USC' Marcus Martin were rated as the draft's best two centers by draft insider Tony Pauline.

Both pulled third-round grades out of Pauline. The center position is notoriously hard to predict during the draft process because team needs plays such a big role. Razorbacks' head coach Bret Bielema said during the season that Swanson is "no less" than a second-round pick, and we tend to agree with that. Swanson's top competition for No. 1 center might end up coming not from Martin, but from stealthy draft board riser Weston Richburg of Colorado State, who has impressed scouts during the postseason exhibition phase. Richburg earned a 3-4 round grade from Pauline.
Thu, Jan 30, 2014 05:33:00 PM

It is very possible Arkansas senior C Travis Swanson winds up as a first-round pick, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Brugler has heard as much from sources. Head coach Bret Bielema called Swanson "no less" than a second-round pick earlier in the week, and he could end up being the first center off the board.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 11:18:00 AM

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema believes senior C Travis Swanson will be a second-round pick, at worst.

"I really do truly believe Travis, (who) got invited to the Senior Bowl, if he goes and performs the way I've seen him perform in practice, he will be no less than a second-round draft pick," Bielema said. The head coach has a long history of sending offensive linemen to the NFL. "I just really am blown away with what he can do, how incredibly physical he is, and how much stamina he holds."
Source: Rivals
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 03:46:00 PM

Arkansas C Travis Swanson accepted an invitation to attend the 2014 Senior Bowl.

Swanson, a Rimington Trophy candidate this season for the nation's best center, has started every game of his Razorback career (48). Hogs coach Bret Bielema, who has plenty of experience with offensive line prospects, thinks the center will skyrocket on draft day. He could be the first center off the board.
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 05:42:00 PM

Arkansas C Travis Swanson received an invitation to attend the 2014 Senior Bowl.

Swanson has earned plenty of praise from his head coach, Bret Bielema, saying he thinks the center will skyrocket on draft day. Bielema has plenty of experience with offensive line prospects, and there's a good chance NFL evaluators agree. He could be the first center off the board in May.
Source: UATV Sports
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 09:38:00 AM

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said C Travis Swanson doesn't play dirty.

Florida junior DL Damien Jacobs created some controversy earlier this week when he said the following about Swanson: "I just see, from film, a lot of stuff after the play, especially with the center, No. 64. He's a good athlete after the play. He makes you want to do something to him." Not so, according to Bielema: "I have not had one single complaint about anything we've played through these first five games. I'm not going to apologize for the way we play. I definitely encourage aggressive, tough behavior. Nothing cheap." Swanson, a candidate for the Rimington Trophy as the nation's top center, could hear his name called before the end of the second round in next spring's draft.
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 06:49:00 PM

Arkansas C Travis Swanson drew praise from upcoming opponent, Florida junior DL Damien Jacobs.

"They're real physical," Jacobs said of the Razorbacks offensive line. "I think they're a little chippy. They're a little dirty... I just see, from film, a lot of stuff after the play, especially with the center, No. 64. He's a good athlete after the play. He makes you want to do something to him." We wouldn't be surprised if Swanson draws top 50 consideration.
Wed, Oct 2, 2013 02:38:00 PM

Arkansas head coach believes senior C Travis Swanson will skyrocket on draft day.

"Ironically, I think he kind of blends the two," Bielema said, referring to Peter Konz and Travis Frederick. "He probably grabs the strengths of both those players and combines them into one. Travis (Swanson) is the most talented player that I've been around at that position... He's long with his arms, plays extremely physical, had 16 knockdowns on Saturday, makes every call up front, run-wise and pass protection." Teams will be sure to focus on the last point, since Arkansas has struggled to keep quarterbacks upright in the pocket.
Thu, Sep 5, 2013 09:23:00 AM

After entering his name in the 2013 NFL Draft, Arkansas senior C Travis Swanson was told he did not receive a top two round projection.

"I guess how they structure it now, they either tell you if you would go in the first two rounds, or you won't," Swanson said. Despite testing the waters, Swanson noted he was 95 percent certain he would return for his final season. "Travis is not a talkative guy, but when he gets to the line, he talks a lot," fullback Kiero Small said. "It's crazy how day and night it is. But when he gets up there, he can diagnose everything."
Fri, Jul 19, 2013 10:28:00 AM

Arkansas strength coach Ben Herbert, who spent time at Wisconsin, said senior C Travis Swanson's mobility is impressive.

"His movement ability is second only to (Cleveland Browns All-Pro left tackle) Joe Thomas out of linemen that I have worked with in the last 12 years," said Herbert. Swanson reportedly ran a three-cone time of 7.39 seconds, which is important for the center spot. In terms of Combine tests, our own Josh Norris believes the 20 yard shuttle is a better predictor of future success.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, May 21, 2013 02:52:00 PM