Rookie Watch: Final Pick Swaim Needs To Contribute On Special Teams

(Editor's Note: With the offseason practices now complete, the Cowboys will take some downtime before departing for training camp on July 28. Until then, let's focus on some of the more unknown rookies on this team, fighting for a roster spot. Today's featured player is tight end Geoff Swaim.)

Name: Geoff Swaim

Position: Tight End

College: Texas   

Height/Weight: 6-4 / 252

Acquired: Draft (7th Round, 246th overall)

Jersey Number: 87

Collegiate Career:Started 22 of 26 games at Texas after transferring from Butte College (Calif.), where he was the fourth-rated JUCO tight end after the 2012 season. Swaim was an honorable mention All-Big 12 pick in 2013, despite catching just three passes. In 2014, he had 10 catches, including his only touchdown with the Longhorns against West Virginia.

Did You Know?Swaim wasn't just a full-time starter on the offense, but was also a regular on the special teams units. He had two solo tackles in the kicking game, including one in his final collegiate game against Arkansas in the Texas Bowl.

2015 Outlook:It caught just about everyone off guard when the Cowboys traded back into the seventh round of this spring's draft. And, it was even more surprising when they used that extra draft pick on Swaim. The little-used Texas product figures to factor in more as a receiving option than a blocker, and the coaching staff has already used him off the line in OTAs. The interesting thing with Swaim is that he gives the Cowboys a compelling reason to keep four tight ends. But do they want to do that? Or will he challenge James Hanna or Gavin Escobar for a roster spot? Like all rookies, he'll have to make his mark on special teams, something he has done in college.

Scout's Take:

  • Some initial quickness up the field.
  • Doesn't have great balance as a route runner. Times when he is fighting to get out of his break.
  • Will catch the ball along his body, but also is able to adjust to throws behind him when on the move.
  • Stays after his block, but really doesn't have much power. More hold than strike.

. – Bryan Broaddus

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