The Duel

Would You Rather: Draft Jonathan Taylor or D'Andre Swift

Mike Esposito
Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor gets a slight edge over Georgia's D'Andre Swift.
Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor gets a slight edge over Georgia's D'Andre Swift. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Two of the most productive college running backs in recent memory, Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor and Georgia's D'Andre Swift are two of the most highly-regarded prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. After strong combine performances, both tailbacks have strong cases to be the first running back off the board this spring. However, just like many running back-needy teams around the league, you can't help but wonder which of the two would be the better prospect to draft.

The staggering similarities between the two backs definitely makes this decision difficult. Taylor (5'11" at 219 pounds) and Swift (5'9" at 215 pounds) are similarly built as efficient runners, and they also have speed to burn for tailbacks their size.

D'Andre Swift Draft Stock

Swift is viewed more favorably right now in the eyes of some pundits due to production out of the backfield in his three years at Georgia (666 career receiving yards), but there's an argument to be made that Taylor can be just as good of the backfield. The Wisconsin product was more involved in Wisconsin's passing game last season and actually out-produced his counterpart, tallying more receptions (26 to 24), receiving yards (252 to 216) and receiving touchdowns (5 to 1).

Jonathan Taylor Draft Stock

The key difference between the two — and this is where Taylor gets a slight edge over his draft-classmate — is Taylor's uncanny ability to fight through contact and churn out extra yards. The Wisconsin product has been one of the nation's best at shaking off defenders since his 2017 freshman year, racking up at least 1,257 yards after contact per season.

Both players project to succeed at the next level and should have highly-productive careers once it's all said and done. However, for a team looking for a high-upside running back that's capable of doing it all, Taylor may be the runner worth drafting when faced with the possibility of selecting him or Swift.

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