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Travis Swanson | Center

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/30/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 307
College: Arkansas
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Second-year C Travis Swanson has a firm grip on the Lions' starting center job.
He's comfortably in front of trade acquisition Manuel Ramirez, who will likely settle into a swing backup role. A 2014 third-round pick out of Arkansas, Swanson held his own as a spot starter and is now tasked with replacing stalwart C Dominic Raiola. At OTAs, Swanson has looked up to the task. "Awesome," OC Joe Lombardi said of Swanson's performance. "Awesome. He's been great." Jun 12 - 10:41 PM

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Lions offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn wouldn't commit to Travis Swanson starting at center.

Swanson's path to becoming the starter took a big hit Thursday when the Lions acquired Manny Ramirez in a trade with Denver. Ramirez started at both guard and center last year but prefers playing center. With Dominic Raiola getting most of the work at center, Swanson only played 89 snaps last season.
May 3 - 11:29 AM

Lions OC Joe Lombardi expects Travis Swanson to start at center this season.

The future is now at the pivot for the Lions, who have moved on from veteran mainstay Dominic Raiola. Swanson, the No. 76 overall pick a year ago, brings good size (6'5/312) and NCAA experience (50 starts at Arkansas) but lacks athleticism. Still, he can't be much worse than Raiola was last year.
Apr 13 - 7:59 AM

Lions signed third-round C Travis Swanson to a four-year contract.

Swanson entered the pre-draft process being viewed by some as the top center prospect. He had a poor Combine where he ran a 5.28 forty, posted a pitiful 7-foot-11 broad jump, and repped 225 pounds just 20 times on the bench press. He has good size, but Swanson might max out as a backup on the interior.
Thu, May 22, 2014 01:43:00 PM

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 plus 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, but we're skeptical Swanson can be counted on as his long-term successor.
Fri, May 9, 2014 10:12:00 PM

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QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
RB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3Theo Riddick
4George Winn
GLB1Joique Bell
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Lance Moore
3T.J. Jones
WR21Golden Tate
2Corey Fuller
WR31Lance Moore
TE1Eric Ebron
2Tim Wright
3Brandon Pettigrew
LT1Riley Reiff
2Corey Robinson
LG1Laken Tomlinson
C1Travis Swanson
RG1Manuel Ramirez
2Larry Warford
RT1Cornelius Lucas
2LaAdrian Waddle
K1Matt Prater