BRISTOL, Conn. – Junior running back D’Andre Swift was selected by the Detroit Lions with the 35th overall pick in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft Friday evening.
Swift was the second running back selected in the draft, following Clyde Edwards-Helaire of LSU, who was selected 32nd overall Thursday evening by the Kansas City Chiefs. He is also the 34th Georgia running back to be selected in the draft.
Swift learned of his selection from his family home in his hometown of Philadelphia, Pa. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the draft is being located at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn.
Swift was a Maxwell Award semifinalist after eclipsing 1,000 yards rushing for the second consecutive season. After piling up 1,218 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground in 2019 to earn All-SEC Coaches First Team honors, he became just the fifth Bulldog in history to have at least 1,000 yards in two seasons. Swift finished his career seventh on Georgia’s all-time rushing list with 2,885 yards.
For his career, Swift started 17 games, including 11 in 2019. One of the Bulldogs’ permanent captains last season, he owns the Georgia record for highest average gain per rush (minimum 400 attempts) at 6.56 yards. His career mark ranks second in SEC history, trailing only Auburn’s Bo Jackson at 6.62 (1982-85).
Swift is the 15th Georgia player drafted by the Lions and second in as many years, joining tight end Isaac Nauta, who was selected in the seventh round last season. Nauta is one of three former Bulldogs on the Lions’ active roster, including 2009 first-overall pick Matthew Stafford and defensive tackle John Atkins, a 2018 undrafted free agent. Coincidentally, Swift’s draft position (35th overall) is the same slot where former teammate Nick Chubb was selected by the Cleveland Browns in 2018.