ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia junior cornerback Damian Swann said previously that he would consider making an early jump to the NFL Draft.
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He’s no longer considering it anymore.
Swann said Monday that he will be back at Georgia for his senior season. In fact, he is so certain of that decision that he says he has opted to not even apply for a draft grade from the NFL’s advisory committee.
“I don’t think I was as successful as I was last year,” Swann said. “I don’t think I put the stats together to even make that decision on coming out. A guy like me, I want to be one of those first-round or first-two-rounds guys, and to do that, you have to put it on tape. I struggled a little bit. It’s a part of the game. That’s why they give you four years. … That’s what it’s all about, making sure I’m ready and prepared to make that step.”
As a sophomore in 2012, Swann totaled a team-best four interceptions after being named Georgia’s most improved defensive player the previous spring. He did that primarily at the Star (nickel) DB position.
As a junior, Swann moved primarily to an edge cornerback role. Georgia’s secondary struggled against the pass this season with so many inexperienced players on the field, and Swann’s results weren’t as he would have hoped for much of the time as well.
He said he “absolutely” considered the NFL as “a dream.”
But he also feels that can wait another year. He’ll be back with a defense that looks to return 10 of 11 starters, with defensive lineman Garrison Smith being the lone senior.
“With the way some of these guys played with their first time getting a significant amount of playing time, I think these guys have been served well,” Swann said. “And it’s only going to get better from here. We’ve got one game left. We’re going to hit the workouts in the winter, prepare in the summer and get ready for camp.
"And that’s what it’s all about: Getting guys experience and getting guys ready to play. And I think this secondary has a bright future.”