Source: WR Swope visited Bears

April, 19, 2013
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Former Texas A&M wide receiver Ryan Swope recently made an official pre-draft visit to the Chicago Bears, according to a league source.

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Thomas Campbell/US PresswireRyan Swope caught 72 passes for 913 yards and eight touchdowns last season for Texas A&M.
Numerous mock drafts have projected Swope as being drafted somewhere between the second and fourth rounds.

One of college football's most productive receivers the past three years, Swope finished his career at Texas A&M with 252 catches for 3,117 yards and 24 touchdowns. His best statistical season came in 2011 when he caught 89 balls for 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns from current Miami Dolphins quarterback and former first-round pick Ryan Tannehill.

Swope experienced little dropoff last season when freshman sensation and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel took over the Aggies offense, hauling in 72 receptions for 913 yards and eight touchdowns, including an 11-catch, 111-yard, one-touchdown performance against eventual national champion Alabama.

Swope also came up big in Texas A&M's Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma with eight receptions for 104 yards and one touchdown.

A handful of NFL scouts have mentioned being impressed with Swope's hands, route-running ability and knack for getting open, either against man coverage or zone.

The 6-foot-1, 206-pound wideout also answered a lot of questions about his speed when he ran a 4.34 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in February.

The Bears appear set at the top of their wide receiver depth chart with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, but a need might exist to add another wideout to the mix after the club now that Devin Hester is exclusively a special teams contributor. The retirement of Johnny Knox, who last played in 2011, also deprives the Bears off a speedy vertical threat down the field.

Bears general manager Phil Emery is believed to have scouted at least one Texas A&M game in person last season.

The cutoff date for teams to host players on official visits was April 17, but draft prospects can continue to be put through private workouts until Thursday's draft.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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