Ultimate Ryan Swope Highlights | HD (via TheFootballman175)I looked into some Tavon Austin highlight videos that left me very impressed. So I said to myself, "Self, why don't we check out the other 4.34 40 yd dash time runner, Ryan Swope?". I tell you they may both run 4.34s but they are two completely different receivers. Both of which could fit a needed role on the St.Louis roster, maybe even both at the same time.
FEET: Cuts, Jukes, etc.
Tavon Austin has some of the best feet I have ever seen. He can go from full speed to a complete stop in two steps. His jukes leave defenders in the dust without shoes or socks with their helmets on backwards. He is superior to Swope in this category. But that is not to say that Swope is bad at cuts. He fooled quite a few defenders in the highlight video above. His cuts are quick though some of his route running can be improved upon.
YAC: Yards after the catch.
Both of these players have amazing ability once the ball is in their hands, though the ability is very different. If Tavon has the ball a whole team may not be enough to tackle him as his cuts and jukes his way through a team while running at blazing speeds. But I noticed that many of his long runs were assisted by a team that really got down the field to block for him. Ryan Swope was usually on his own down the sidelines and his mentality showed it. You can almost see him thinking to himself, "Im sprinting my fastest, I really don't feel like slowing down to cut, c'mon defender, see if you can hit me." Ryan Swope has some strong legs and stays up through contact. He can run smaller defensive backs over when he has a full head of steam and does so. It is a tie between Austin and Swope here because they both have different, yet effective, styles.
Personally, I want both receivers on the Rams roster come April 30th. Ryan Swope could play on the outside while Tavon Austin could play in the slot. The Rams would have a roster of Swope, Austin, Givens, Quick, and Pettis. tat stable is full of young improving talent. Bradford could grow old with these receivers. Hey, 4.34 playmakers don't come around often. Then again, speed isn't everything. Isn't that right my 4.30 40 yd dash running Tye Hill?