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.
65 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 4 INT, 8 PD, 4 FF, TD
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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NFL.com recently ranked all of the league's head coaches, because the football season may end but creating content never will.
The top tier consists of all the usual suspects ... except for the guy that literally won the league's award for best coach last season.
Matt Nagy came in at 14 on this list, and not even the highest-ranked NFC North coach. The reasoning is a tad suspect; here's what they had to say:
Matt Nagy more than delivered in his first year as the Bears' head coach, taking Chicago to the postseason for the first time since the 2010 season. What's interesting about Nagy is that his side of the ball is offense, and prior to getting hired by the Bears, he was known for his work with quarterbacks in Kansas City. Yet, it was Vic Fangio's defense that did most of the heavy lifting to get Chicago to the playoffs. A head coach does much more than run one side of the ball, though. In fact, some of them don't do that at all. They run the office, in some respects. Nagy clearly set a tone in the building, so to speak, which should not be taken lightly. Nor should Nagy's work with Mitch Trubisky, who showed improvement from Year 1 to Year 2. Why is Reich ahead of Rivera but not Nagy? Well, Nagy has yet to achieve postseason success and had stronger personnel than Reich did in 2018.
Is this fair? Probably not! But is this important? Definitely not! Still - give your incumbent COY some more love, NFL. Club Dub! Yelling boom! The visors!