While the running back position has been devalued in recent seasons, teams will still pay a premium if the back is talented enough. And the 2020 NFL Draft class features a crop of hyper-talented running backs.
One such name is Georgia's D'Andre Swift, who looks like one of the best RBs available. With that in mind, let's take a look at the three most likely destinations for the Bulldog's bell cow.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 45)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the NFL's sixth-worst rushing offense in 2019, according to Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics. While Ronald Jones flashed some talent in 2019, the same can't be said of Peyton Barber, who averaged 3.1 yards per carry last season. Bringing in another RB clearly should be a priority, and while the first round might be a little too rich for Tampa's blood, targeting Swift in the second could make a ton of sense.
2. Miami Dolphins (No. 39)
The Miami Dolphins traded Kenyan Drake, who instantly went on to have a career season with the Arizona Cardinals. While Miami has holes all over the roster, running back is undoubtedly one of its biggest needs. The Dolphins finished dead last in rush offense DVOA, and no RB on the team even averaged 4.0 yards per carry in 2019. Armed with two second-round picks (No. 39, No. 56) after getting to pick three times in the first round, Swift would be a great target if he's still on the board.
3. Atlanta Falcons (No. 47)
Devonta Freeman isn't a surefire bet to be back with the Falcons, and if he leaves, he'll leave a gaping hole at RB behind him in Atlanta. An upgrade could be necessary regardless of whether or not Freeman stays, however, as Atlanta was the 10th-worst rushing offense by DVOA, and Freeman averaged a career-low 3.6 YPC in 2019. Swift would be a natural fit if he's still on the board at No. 47.
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