After saying he wasn’t interested in playing football multiple times throughout this past basketball season, Miami forward Erik Swoope changed his mind Tuesday and decided to enter the NFL Draft. Swoope took to Twitter to make the announcement.
“I’m excited to enter my name in the NFL Draft and pursue a professional football career,” he wrote.
Swoope, who stands at 6-foot-5 and 220-pounds, had a private workout with the Denver Broncos earlier this month as first reported by CaneSport.com. The senior has great athleticism and has caught the eye of some NFL scouts.
Miami has already had one successful basketball player make a name for himself in the NFL in Jimmy Graham. Graham also played four seasons on the hardwood for the Hurricanes but averaged just 6.0 points per game. Those numbers are similar to Swoope, who averaged 5.0 points and 2.7 rebounds during his senior campaign. One advantage Graham had though was that he played football during his final year of eligibility at UM, where he caught 17 passes for 213 yards and five touchdowns.
Graham’s one year of experience showed upside to NFL scouts, especially the Saints, who drafted him in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft. Since then Graham has made two pro bowls (2011 and 2013) and made the AP First Team All-Pro in 2013. Swoope could still follow in Graham's footsteps and play a season of football at Miami while taking Graduate classes.
The Broncos already have one basketball player turned NFL player on their roster in Julius Thomas, who made the Pro Bowl in 2013. Thomas played four years of basketball at Portland State but, like Graham, also played a year of football for the Vikings before being drafted by Denver in the fourth round of the 2011 draft.
According to NFL.com Swoope can bench press 360 pounds and squats 495 pounds. John Elway, John Fox, and the rest of the Broncos organization could use Swoope at either tight end or wide receiver but it’ll be interesting to see whether they actually draft Miami hoopster or possibly wait to sign him until after the draft.