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NFL Draft Profile: Georgia CB Damian Swann

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NFL Draft Profile: Georgia CB Damian Swann

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of 200 prospects, including what the scouts around the league are saying and video interviews with each player.

Damian Swann (WR), Louisville

6’0” | 189 lbs.

2014 stats:

65 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 4 INT, 8 PD, 4 FF, TD

Projection:

5th round

What scouts are saying:

"Gangly cornerback with spindly legs but a willingness to play physically and with great energy and effort. Swann doesn't play tightly enough in coverage or make enough plays on the ball to be a starting cornerback and doesn't have the size to transition to safety full time, but he's versatile and highly competitive and has a legitimate shot to make a team." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

"Adequate height for the position with lean muscle tone. Plays bigger than he looks with active and aggressive limbs. Feisty to take on blocks and work through contact, attacking the point of attack with heavy hands.Natural burst and quickness to click-and-close, doing a nice job anticipating wide receiver breaks. Decent reflexes and reactive athleticism. Physical blitzer with timing and fortitude." — Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com

"Natural corner who has played and can play all over field. Played in the box in dime package and used as deep safety on a few snaps. Good length pressing and crowding receivers to the sideline. At his best as bump-and-run corner playing inside leverage. Thin but physical in run support. Covered big receivers and tight ends from the slot. Blitzes like a heat-seeking missile." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

Fit for the Bears:

The Bears will likely address the corner position at some point in the 2015 NFL Draft with the roster lacking depth behind starters Kyle Fuller and Tim Jennings. Swann is a player that had a knack for making the big play during his team at Georgia. Chicago could use a playmaker on the back end of their defense, and Swann could be worth taking a flyer on as a Day 3 selection. 

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TE Greg Olsen signed with Seattle Seahawks, previously hoped Bears would contact him

TE Greg Olsen signed with Seattle Seahawks, previously hoped Bears would contact him

Former Bears first-round pick TE Greg Olsen officially signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Olsen previously played with the Bears and Panthers over a 13-year NFL career.

After mutually parting ways with the Panthers, the 34-year-old hoped the Bears, the team that drafted him in 2007, would reach out about signing him once he hit free agency. He told ESPN’s Waddle and Silvy that he wanted to come home to Chicago but wasn't contacated by Bears' management.

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One of the Bears biggest needs this offseason is an upgrade at TE and Olsen’s pass-catching experience along with his working knowledge of the Bears' organization makes him a seemingly ideal fit for the team. Ryan Pace disagreed and the chance for a reunion is gone for good. While his age is showing (he appeared in only 16 games in 2017 and 2018 combined), Olsen is still a stronger receiver than anyone currently on the Bears depth chart.

Interestingly enough, one of Olsen's best moments as a Bear came during Chicago's playoff win against the Seahawks in January 2011 when he scored a touchdown after catching a 58-yard pass from Jay Cutler in the first quarter.  

We will see if Pace regrets not giving Olsen a call. It would be the breakup movie of the season. Too bad the Bears would be playing the part of the groveling ex-boyfriend. Until then, Bears’ fans can imagine a scenario where Pace or head coach Matt Nagy chases after Olsen in the rain (which makes perfect sense, seeing as he’ll be in Seattle), holding a boom box over his head, begging him to return to Soldier Field. That’s the sports rom-com we all deserve in 2020. 

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